Two Australians face jail for running up €148,000 hotel tab

DDP/DPA/The Local
DDP/DPA/The Local - [email protected] • 22 Sep, 2008 Updated Mon 22 Sep 2008 18:33 CEST

Two Australian men stood in a Frankfurt court on Monday for running up an enormous hotel bill that they couldn’t pay.

The 51-year-old and his 37-year-old friend had a tab at the five-star luxury hotel Villa Kennedy totaling €148,000. Staying the presidential suite cost them €3,800 a night, but after they told the hotel management they had a "temporary shortage" of cash, they were moved to a cheaper room. That didn't stop them, however, from continuing to live it up over the course of two months and using the hotel’s limousine, hairstylist, and room services.

Both men partially admitted to their fine Frankfurt fun at the start of the trial on Monday, but said business partners in Dubai were meant to cover the tab. They also acknowledged that they had formally purchased a fancy apartment in Frankfurt for €1.5 million even though they couldn’t cover the notary’s translation costs of €416.

The two Australians have been held in custody since their arrest in April.

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