The swindler chose a unique pseudonym.
A conman with a preference for legendary hip-hop luminaries tried to cheat Manhattan's Mondrian hotel out of $47,000 in fees and other associated charges. Clayton Jacobs of Florida used the name Biggie Smalls when checking into the posh Park Avenue South lodging, renting one of its rooms for a three-month duration before his scheme was recognized by staff.
Jacobs' life of luxury came to a crashing-halt once Amex began denying his credit-card charges after three months, according to a new lawsuit. It then took the hotel another month to finally evacuate the accused for the building.
However, employees working at the Mondrian did not immediately question the validity of one its patrons right away. The fact that Jacobs used the name Biggie Smalls was not a particularly alarming occurrence, with one woman expressing shock after it was revealed the accused was trying to scam her employer. "Oh my god, I had no idea. How does someone get away with that?"
Jacobs raked up $47,197.95 on room charges and other miscellaneous fees. The suit reveals how he swiped his AMEX card a total of 24 times for bills ranging between $105.60 to $7,920.27.
The hotel is now suing Jacobs.