More than 20 top hotels nationwide were conned by a serial fraudster, a court has heard.
Ian Cullen, 47, pleaded guilty to a series of fraud charges when he appeared before Carlisle Crown Court. He was jailed for four and a half years.
Evidence was given that Cullen had used other people's credit cards and assumed false names to pay for stays at top hotels across the country - including Langdale Chase, the Low Wood and Lindeth Howe in the Lake District.
He is thought to have duped the hotels out of thousands of pounds.
Cullen's con was brought a halt when he was arrested by police for dangerous driving.
However the court was told that one mystery still remained - Cullen's real identity.
Police believe that he was born Paul Anthony Thompson, though he appeared in court under the name Ian Cullen - even though it was noted that Cullen was one of the 33 aliases he is known to have used.
E-mail your comments to Andrew Smith.
Looking for a new job? Find your next hotel job here with Caterersearch.com jobs