By Charlotte Mitchell For Mailonline
14:54 06 Nov 2020, updated 15:00 06 Nov 2020
- Scott James Deakin, 25, is in police custody in Kuta, Bali on fraud charges
- He was arrested after going on the run over an unpaid £197 hotel room bill
- Deakin reportedly tried to pay for the room several times with an expired card
A British tourist is facing four years in jail after refusing to pay an almost £200 hotel bill, claiming he had already settled it online.
Scott James Deakin, 25, ran up the 3.7million Indonesian rupiah bill (£197) at an unnamed hotel in Kuta on the island of Bali.
He reportedly stayed at the hotel between July 21 and August 1, claiming to have booked the room through travel website Agoda but hotel staff said the payment had not gone through and that his card had expired.
‘Then the suspect made another booking and the same thing occurred. The suspect insisted that his credit card was still valid and that he will sort it out with Agoda,’ Made Putra Yudistira, head of the crime investigation unit at Kuta sub-precinct, said.
At this point, the holidaymaker promised to wire the money for the bill.
Instead, Deakin vanished from the hotel on August 1, leaving his belongings behind.
Last month, the hotel filed a criminal complaint, prompting police to track down and arrest the British tourist on Sunday.
Deakin is now in police custody awaiting trial. If convicted of fraud, he could spend up to four years in prison.
A post about Deakin’s arrest in a Facebook group called Bali Blacklist drew several comments from different users alleging that the Brit owed money to other hotels and restaurants and was even wanted for crashing and abandoning a rental car.
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