Hotel Chain Owner & Former Trump Partner Charged With Stealing Luggage
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
A Mississippi based hotel boss who had a short-lived partnership with Trump Hotels is facing charges alleging he stole passenger luggage at Memphis airport.
Dinesh Chawla, CEO of Chawla Hotels was charged with felony theft of property after he allegedly took several bags off the baggage claim belt at the airport.
According to police arrest records, he was spotted taking a bag which he put into his car. He then returned to the departure terminal to catch a flight.
Police searched his vehicle and found "several bags that had been stolen." The bags "contained thousands of dollars of items."
He was arrested on his return to Memphis and charged with one count theft of property $1,000 -$2,500 and one count theft of property $2,500 to $10,000. Chawla was given a $5,000 bond and released the same day.
Chawla Hotels has 17 hotels in Mississippi and had a short-lived partnership with Trump Hotels to introduce new brands Scion and American Idea. The Chawlas planned to develop the hotels while the Trumps would brand and manage them.
Those plans were ultimately shelved with the Trump Organization blaming “fake news'”and “Democratic harassment.”
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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.
HANNA- August 28, 2019 @ 13:02
Why am I not surprised !!!