SPRING HILL, FL – On Friday, May 27, 2022, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Hampton Inn located at 1344 Commercial Way in Spring Hill in reference to a report of a fraud.
Hotel staff told deputies 25 year old Marcus Montgomery had been staying at the hotel since May 17, 2022. During that time hotel management was notified that Montgomery was using the Hilton Honors points of seven different people to pay his hotel bill.
The hotel was made aware of the issue by a Hilton Honors member living in New York who was monitoring his account and reported the fraudulent activity.
Deputies then made contact with Montgomery at the hotel. The investigation revealed Montgomery used the Hilton Honors app to make online hotel reservations and then used the Hilton Honors points of unknown individuals to pay for the rooms.
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Montgomery said he accessed the victim’s Hilton Honors account information using an online messaging app. Montgomery said he did not know any of the seven victims whose Hilton Honors points he used to pay for his current stay.
Montgomery was arrested on a charge of Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information. There may be additional charges, pending contact with the six remaining victims who all live across the United States. He was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center where he was initially held on a $2,000 bond.