Though the auditor, Lukask Kruk (sounds like 'crook!'), and his accused partner in crime, Barry Herndon, have both pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and identity theft, Amsterdam Hospitality Group has refrained from commenting on the unfolding story.
According to the article,
"Prosecutors say Kruk was an auditor for the Amsterdam Hospitality Group and had access to guests' credit card data. They say Herndon bought [$840,000 in airline] tickets for himself and other people with information Kruk took."
It would be wrong to now tie in the company's eight NYC hotels (which include the Ameritania, the Bentley and the Marcel, among others) with other brands that nickel and dime guests' credit cards to death (for more on those places, see here), as it wasn't the fault of any single hotel or management team. However, we know we'll be keeping an eye on those future hotel receipts from now on!
[Photo: NYC Go]