Fraudster hotel worker used customer’s credit card to book own Menorca holiday

A hotel worker used a customer’s credit card to pay for her own premium family holiday to Menorca.

Rebecca Waterfall, 31, also used the man’s card to buy currency, a Minnie Mouse poncho towel and her shopping from Asda.

She had previously defrauded a travel agent she worked at out of £22,000, Manchester Evening News reports.

Her latest scam was carried out while she worked as a guest relations executive at the Principal Hotel in Manchester.

She fraudulently used the credit card details of a man who was booking a New Year's stay with his wife in 2018, a court heard.

Waterfall, of Salford, spent £1,459 on a week's stay at a 'premium holiday villa' in Menorca, Spain in October 2018 with her partner and child.

She also bought £148 worth of Asda shopping, a £15.99 child's sun hat, a £12.48 Minnie Mouse poncho towel from Amazon and paid £515 to a currency firm.

The victim had the money refunded.

After being arrested, mum-of-two Waterfall claimed it had been an accident and denied any knowledge of the transactions.

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She later admitted five counts of fraud and was handed a 12-month community order at Manchester Crown Court on Monday.

Waterfall had previously received a suspended sentence in January 2017 for the fraud committed while working for Cheshire based travel agent Incentivise.

During that scam, she offered friends discounted holidays to destinations including Cuba and Switzerland, and enjoyed a trip to Australia with her boyfriend.

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Waterfall, of Salford, also pocketed £5,000 which a family she was friends with had paid her to go to Disney World in Florida, US.

The family had to be pulled out of a check-in line by police at Manchester Airport after the crime was uncovered.

Waterfall was later jailed for nine months in January 2019 after failing to comply with the suspended sentence.

At the latest hearing on Monday, Judge Nicholas Dean QC said it would be “wrong” to jail her.

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He said she would likely have received a longer sentence when her suspended sentence was activated, if that judge had been aware of the most recent fraud.

The judge said: “It seems to me it would be wrong now to send you to prison, and I am not going to do that.”

The court heard Waterfall has applied to enrol on a nursing apprenticeship – but the judge questioned if she had made up the application.

He said: “It is hard to resist the conclusion this has been made up to present a less worrying aspect of her personality to the court.”

Describing her as an “intelligent young woman”, the judge told her: "You are prone to give way to greed and opportunistic dishonesty.

"You must learn to resist such temptations if they are in front of you."

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