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Niigata: Man held over failure to pay hotel bill after staying 10 months

NIIGATA (TR) – He probably wasn’t a big tipper.

Niigata Prefectural Police have arrested a 58-year-old man for allegedly not paying his bill for a room at a hotel in Myoko City after a stay that lasted nearly 10 months, reports Nippon News Network (Oct. 10).

Between last December 20 and Thursday, Shuichi Murata, of no known occupation, ran up a bill of around 4 million yen that he failed to pay.

A man failed to pay a hotel in Myoko City after a 9-month stay (Twitter)

Upon his arrest on suspicion of fraud, the suspect denied the allegations. “Since I have wealth, I can pay. So my intention was not to cheat [anyone],” he told the Myoko Police Station.

On Thursday, the hotel referred Murata to the station. When officers apprehended the suspect, he had no cash in his possession.