PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh mother and former Holiday Inn front desk worker is accused of defrauding an elderly guest and attempting to steal more than $100,000 from the hotel.
Police have charged Amy Calabrese of Northside of Pittsburgh with nearly 50 counts of access device fraud, identity theft and unlawful seizure.
Police say Calabrese allegedly committed the crimes while working at the Holiday Inn Waterfront.
According to the criminal complaint, Calabrese got caught after using fake reservations to try to refund money to two different credit cards.
These same credit cards were also used to purchase items from nearby stores.
“There’s so much more to this story,” Calabrese said.
Police documents say it started in October, when Calabrese saw the elderly guest fall in the parking lot and hit his head.
Calabrese allegedly helped the woman get treatment, but also stole her credit cards and took her car.
Police said they also used the cards to try to steal more than $100,000 from the hotel.
“I don’t care what they say. I have a lawyer,” Calabrese said.
According to the criminal complaint, hotel management called police and said Calabrese used fake reservations to refund money on two of the cards she stole.
Refunds were made under five different names.
One card’s return total was over $67,000 and another was over $40,000.
“I don’t even have a password to do this,” Calabrese said.
Police said they also racked up charges at several businesses, including Costco and Marshall’s on the waterfront, where she was filmed using the cards.
“Just because I’m shopping doesn’t mean that.”
The Holiday Inn said: ‘This matter is currently under investigation. We have no comments.
Calabrese is scheduled to appear before a judge for his preliminary hearing on March 16.
The elderly victim remains in an aged care facility.
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