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Man accused of charging $20,000 on stolen credit cards at Birmingham hotel

January 29, 2014

By Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

Jan. 29 --From the Townsend Hotel to the Oakland County Jail . A 27-year-old man may have ordered his last bottle of Dom Perignon for a while. Ryan Greer is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail more than a week after police said he charged $20,000 using stolen credit cards at the upscale Townsend Hotel in Birmingham . Greer is charged with attaining services under false pretenses, a potential 15-year felony, and fraudulent use of a financial transaction device, which carries a possible five-year sentence upon conviction, Birmingham Police Lt. Michael Albrecht said today. Greer's tab at the hotel's Corner Bar was more than $13,000 . "He bought rounds for the whole bar and was purchasing Dom Perignon ," Albrecht said. The Townsend's website describes the Corner Bar as "a favored gathering point of metro Detroit's elite." "For those looking for a hip, sophisticated way to spend an evening with friends, Birmingham's hot spot for urban night life, the award-winning Corner Bar, is the place to be," the website says. Greer was at the hotel from the night of Jan. 18 to the next morning. A bartender called police when he was unable to use Greer's cards to pay off the tab, and hotel officials found out he had used a fraudulent card to order room service, including 15 bottles of Dom Perignon , Albrecht said. A message seeking comment was left for the hotel manager. Contact Eric D. Lawrence : ___ (c)2014 Detroit Free Press Visit the Detroit Free Press at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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