Scam artist targets Nashville hotel guests

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 10:21pm
Staff reports

Metro Police fraud detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating suspected scam artist William T. Frelix, who, in the past two years alone, is believed to have used stolen credit card numbers to charge more than $100,000 in merchandise.

The investigation to this point shows that Frelix hires homeless individuals to go through Dumpsters near airport area hotels and motels looking for patrons’ credit card information.

Police say that information is furnished to Frelix, who then charges all kinds of things, including food, tires, home renovation and construction materials, machinery and automotive parts.

Frelix is believed to be selling the fraudulently obtained merchandise for about half its retail value, police said. He is also known to have used the credit cards to make utility and car payments for his friends and associates.

One Pennsylvania woman who stayed in an airport area motel at the end of September recently discovered $12,000 worth of fraudulent charges, including the purchase of a costly insulation blower, police said.

Frelix is wanted on one count of felony identity theft, but multiple additional counts are expected to be placed against him.

Anyone seeing William Frelix or knowing his whereabouts is urged to contact the police department’s Fraud Unit at 862-7594 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.


3 Comments on this post:

By: mama40 on 10/9/09 at 12:29

I hope those weren't Visa cards, Visa won't pay. It doesn't matter who uses your card even if you sign Mickey Mouse.

By: Time for Truth on 10/10/09 at 9:59

When I saw the headline for this article, I thought it might be another story about the Convention Center (rotflmao).

By: HATDADDY on 10/12/09 at 1:35

Another looser who wont work a real job .
He finds it easier to steal from honest people than to earn a living on his own
A true form of scumbag . I say when found chain him by the ankle down town
wearing a sign in large print saing

Let him remain there one day for every dollar he stole.
Or throw him out of a plane over CHINA .