Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bright Young Man Memorised Credit Cards for Scam

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bright Young Man Memorised Credit Cards for Scam

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Top scholar in hotel con

An a-star scholar went hotel hopping for free ( after memorising other people's credit cards.

Liam Hickson had left school with 10 GCSEs and three A levels.

But his bright future was wrecked by family trauma.

Gambling debts and rent arrears left him homeless.

And he used the brain that had brought him academic success to stage a bed and board scam, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Hickson was able to memorise the numbers of credit cards, the court was told.

He used those details to book rooms in advance at a string of Tyneside hotels.

Then with pal Jonathan Bell he ran up hundreds of pounds in bills he could never pay.

The pair wined and dined during their stays.

And by the time they were caught last October ( surrounded by empty bottles in a room at Newcastle's Vermont Hotel ( the scam had cost their victims almost pounds 3,000.

Hickson, 23, of no fixed address, was jailed for 18 months after admitting perverting justice, four charges of deception and asking for 27 other offences to be taken into consideration. …

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