Hotel receptionist arrested for stealing more than 26,000 euros from his employers
A 43-year-old man has been arrested by the Guardia Civil in Fuerteventura for stealing over 26,000 euros from a hotel, where he was employed as the head receptionist. According to the police report, he first “misappropriated funds” in 2018, but was finally caught out in February this year.
The man worked for a major hotel chain in the municipality of Pájara in Fuerteventura, and was responsible for money collections at reception, and the accompanying paperwork that was submitted to the accounts department.
However, although the hotel was suspicious for some time, they finally saw mistakes on January 17th and February 10th of this year, so made a formal complaint to the police so that they could investigate the situation.
Subsequently, officers of the Main Post of Morro Jable carried out the appropriate investigations, and the various steps to clarify the facts, since the crimes were carried out in two hotels in the town of Costa Calma and Morro Jable, because the accused had worked in both hotels for several years.
During the investigation they were able to determine that the receptionist had taken advantage of the position he held in the hotels, and had skimmed money off the collections and falsified the accounting sheets causing confusion in the accounts department of the hotel chain.
They determined that the thefts dated back to 2018 and 2019, then started again in 2021 when the hotels reopened after being closed during the pandemic. So far, they have accounted for 26,242 euros, but believe the figure will be higher by the time the receptionist goes to trial.