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EXTENSIVE FRAUDS.UPON HOTEL- KEEPERS: "fA.' At Bow-street Police-court, London, serious charges. e against the Son. Mrs. Caroline Bingham and her 1 daughter filiaabetsh. Bingham of obtaining food and lodging from numerous hotels and boarding-houses ¡ ] by fraud wére brought before Mr. Blowers. The I I court was .crowded, and there were said to be up- wards of 100 cases against the defendants. Mr. Besley appeared for ttie presecution on behalf of t various hotel managers, &c., who had been de- ] frauded; Mr. Keogh, barrister, defended Mrs. 1 Bingham; and Mr. Arthur Scott appeared for ] Elizabeth Bingham. Mr. Besley pointedout that both j defendants were liable to a year's imprisonment under] the 13th section of the Debtors' Act, and for the 1 fraud the elder prisoner 'might be sentenced to seven years' penal servitude. He did not wish to enter into the antecedents of the defendants, but it appeared that they were in a state of great poverty in July, 1877, at which time, or soon after, the elder prisoner succeeded in obtaining .£20 worth of goods from a certain tradesman who had never been paid, although some of the goods had been returned. Since then they had been living at various hotels, going from one to the other and gaining admission on the representation that they had luggage which would follow. The luggage never arrived, nor were the bills ever paid. Boxes were taken to one or two places by the defendants, but they were subsequently found to be empty. Mr. Sayer, the second clerk, read evi- dence taken in reference to frauds committed at the Bedford Hotel, Covent-garden, from which place the defendants were given into custody; Bacon's Hotel, Great Queen-street; the Inns of Court Hotel, and a private lodging-house in Bayswater. The accounts at the last two named amounted to about £10 each. Mrs. Stokes, whose husband kept the pri- vate lodging-house in Bayswater, deposed that the defendant gave her name as the Hon. Mrs. Bingham. Witness, hearing that the owners "of the Clarendon Hotel had been defrauded by the defendants, thought it advisable to ask Mrs. "Bingham to advance £10 of her debt, but was referred to her solicitor. The defendant was afterwards re- quested to leave the house, and her empty boxes were detained. Mr. Besley said the defendant always re- ferred to her solicitor for payment. A girl named Croker, from Dunn's Hotel, Charterhouse-square, deposed that the defendants went to that hotel en Christmas Day and were accommodated. They had with them a younger lady and gentleman. It was represented that the maid would arrive from Has- tings with the luggage. The elder defendant gave her name as the Hon. Mrs. Yelverton Bingham. They ran up a bill of .Ell 6s. Id., which was never paid. Edward Goshawk, waiter in the ladies' coffee-room at the Bedford Hotel, deposed that the elder defendant said she had been recommended to the hotel by Mr. Neville. There was a party of four, consisting of the two defendants and a young lady and gentleman, ap- parently children of Mr. Bingham. Mrs. Bingham asked some questions the morning after she arrived respecting the nearest underground station from Pad- dingtdn, where her maid had gone for the luggage. The defendants had four teas, four suppers and sleep- ing accommodation. Witness said, it was quite against the rules of tbehotel for people to come in witboutlug- gage. The elder defendant, when applied to for the money to pay the bill, referred to her solicitor. Mr. earner, the proprietor of: the hotel, gavethede- fendants into custody." Mr. Besley asked • for a. re- mand, and said he had upwards of fifty charges to prefer against the defendants. Mr. Keogh said he was originally, retained on behalf of both defendants, but since the morning Mr. Scctt had been engaged for the younger defendant at her father's request. Mr. Keogh was about to dwell upon some private matter mating to Mrs. Bingham and her husband, when he was stopped by Mr. Flowers. The esse was adjourned, Mr. Flower.) consenting to accept two- sureties in .£50 each for the appearance ot Mrs. Bmgham,, and one in.E30tor her daughter. The elder prisoner was, aa before, unable to procure sureties.

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