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