Fake Duke Jailed For Swindling London Hotels

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Real Duke at left; (25 yr. younger)
fake Duke at right.

We hope he had fun while it lasted.

A British conman who racked up £12,000 of 5 star hotel bills by posing as the 12 th Duke of Marlborough will have a different home for the next 3½ years – a 1 star prison.

Alexander Wood defrauded 6 top LON hotels, including Claridges where he spent £1,788 over 3 days between February and July this year.

The 34 yr. old from Southend in Essex was arrested in May after checking into the Great Northern Hotel in King's Cross as Lord Jamie Spencer. The pretender was attempting to impersonate the Duke of Marlborough, who is called Jamie Spencer-Churchill.

Staff became suspicious after he started buying expensive drinks for friends, running up a bill of £1,738. When they asked him for ID, he walked out of the hotel but was later caught by police.

Out on bail, Wood went back into Duke mode and he racked up bills of nearly £8,000 at hotels in Mayfair, Canary Wharf and South Kensington before being arrested again in July.

He admitted fraud by false representation at Southwark Crown Court but claimed he was hiding from a former employee who was threatening to kill him and his family.

Wood said 5 star hotels could afford to be cheated out of money, but in passing sentence Judge Alistair McCreath said he didn't accept Wood was under threat and that he was driven by greed.





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