Homeless man scams Disney 26 times

Oct. 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a 49-year-old homeless man allegedly cheated Disney out of more than $18,000 by using the same credit card scam at least 26 times.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Jeffery Hawkins, 49 -- who was arrested Tuesday on charges of credit card fraud, trafficking in stolen credit cards and defrauding an innkeeper -- allegedly told deputies he has spent the past 10 years moving from hotel to hotel and booking rooms with stolen credit card numbers, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

Deputies said Hawkins targeted Disney World hotels at least 26 times, bilking the company out of more than $18,000.

Investigators said Hawkins was in possession of more than 100 stolen credit card numbers.

"It's easy to commit fraud at Disney, and I have been here a lot," Hawkins allegedly told deputies.

Hawkins was ordered held in lieu of $2,900 bond.

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