Hotel Worker Accused Of Giving Rooms Away

A former employee at a Smithfield hotel has been arrested following an investigation into her actions while at work.

Smithfield Police said 33 year-old Lanette Ashlee Jones of Selma worked last year at Country Inn & Suites at 250 N Equity Drive.  While employed, Jones would reportedly offer rooms at deep discounts, sometimes up to 50 percent off, to friends and family, a direct violation of hotel policy.

In some cases, Jones would reportedly ring up refunds to customers stating on paperwork the hotel guests changed their mind about staying when it fact authorities believe Jones moved them to other rooms to stay for free or kept the refunds herself.

Police said they believe Jones was able to obtain at least $500 in the refund scam from Country Inn & Suites between April and July 2017.

Officers obtained a warrant for Jones arrest on December 1, 2017. She was located Monday by Selma Police at an address in the 500 block of N. Raiford Street and taken into custody and formerly charged with a single felony count of embezzlement.