A FRAUDSTER who fled a Hereford hotel without paying his £800 bill has been sent to the crown court.

Johnathan Lewis entered guilty pleas to one count of fraud by false representation, one count of theft, and one count of making off without payment when he appeared before magistrates in January.

The court heard from prosecutor Melanie Winterflood that Lewis, who was represented at the hearing by defence solicitor Matthew Lewis, had dishonestly made a false representation in Hereford between September 28 and October 31, 2022, stating that he would carry out groundwork at a property.

But, having been paid for the work, the 29-year-old did not carry it out as agreed, magistrates in Hereford were told.


He had also stayed at Hereford's Three Counties Hotel in Belmont Road between October 23 and 28, 2022, racking up a £841.55 bill before fleeing the hotel without paying.

He had further stolen a red Carerra mountain bike worth £450 from a person in Leominster on September 15.

The case was sent to the crown court for sentencing and Lewis, of Blanchard Close was released on unconditional bail with a pre-sentencing report ordered to be carried out by the probation service.

He will appear before Worcester Crown Court for sentencing on February 23.