James William Wilson has been in police custody since Sunday evening following complaints from the management of Crossroads Transit Hotel at Nine-Mile.
According to acting Lae metropolitan superintendent, Commander Timothy Pomoso, the British man has been charged with one count of false pretence under the criminal code act.
He said the man owes the hotel a total of K37,880.50.
He had checked in on the 13th of August and left without payment. He then tried to check into another guest house at Eriku when police caught up with him.
Pomoso says the British High Commission in Port Moresby has contacted the police and identified the man as a doctor however, this needs to be verified further.
According to police reports, the 68-year-old had entered the country with a visitor’s permit but was involved in purchasing gold. He will be appearing for a hearing at the Lae district court today.
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