Man gets 4 years of probation for credit card scam

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SIOUX CITY, IA. – One of two hotel workers accused of a Sioux City scam using guests’ credit cards has been given three years of probation.

The Sioux City Journal reports that 19-year-old Ethan Ehlers pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft. A charge of credit card fraud was dismissed in return. He also was given a suspended prison sentence of 10 years and ordered to pay restitution.

Court documents say that from May 14 through Sept. 8 last year, Sandra Lalumendre and Ehlers fraudulently overcharged guests’ credit cards at the Howard Johnson hotel in downtown Sioux City. They’d then force refunds and split the money. The documents say the total was more than $32,700.

The 36-year-old Lalumendre has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

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