Former Delco hotel worker charged in fraud

Posted: June 15, 2011

A former Delaware County hotel employee has been arrested after she allegedly used more than $103,000 worth of fraudulent "hotel points" to buy items on Skymall, the online shopping catalog.

Tia L. McNeill, 34, formerly of King of Prussia, was taken into custody on Tuesday at a Sheraton Hotel in Towson, Md., where she now works. She has been charged with theft, criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, and related offenses, according to the District Attorney's Office.

McNeill worked at the Renaissance Hotel, part of the Marriott chain, in Tinicum Township as a sales manager until Nov. 24, according to court papers. According to court documents, McNeill allegedly created six fictitious accounts in Marriott's rewards program and logged points into the system. Purchases using those accounts were made between October and December of last year.

Also arrested was Christopher Jordan Jr., assistant director of basketball operations at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Jordan told police he would use accounts created by McNeill to order merchandise and then resell the items for cash. He would then send half the proceeds to McNeill.

In addition, McNeill allegedly illegally obtained $26,775 worth of Marriott Visa cards, which can be used only at the hotels. - Mari A. Schaefer

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