Homeless man accused of conning his way into luxury hotels

Written By kom nampuldu on Selasa, 03 Februari 2015 | 18.18

He's the Algonquin cad!

A homeless man conned his way into weeklong stays at two Manhattan hotels — including the Algonquin — sleeping in luxury and feasting on cuisine from Tao restaurant, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Isa Bako, 33 — a broke celebrity-hanger-on and former model whose goal was to put on a fashion show featuring his hats on naked models — first pampered himself for eight days at the Courtyard Marriott on West 37th Street, sources said.

He racked up more than $2,000 in bills at the hotel — including for food deliveries from upscale Tao — using stolen credit-card information, authorities say.

The drifter moved to The Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street, where he allegedly spent five days using credit-card info swiped from another victim, a 49-year-old Dallas businessman.

Isa BakoPhoto: Instrgram

"I definitely wasn't in New York, and I wasn't staying at the hotel, that's for sure. I don't even know where the Algonquin is," the man told The Post.

Before he was busted, Bako — whose Instagram account includes a shot of himself with the actor Isaiah Washington — splurged on food deliveries using the online service Seamless and on car service, sources said.

He was arrested after the Dallas man and his credit-card company called authorities over the fraudulent charges, sources said.

Bako was hit with identity-theft charges and remains at Rikers Island on $30,000 bail. His next Manhattan Criminal Court hearing is set for March 3.

He is accused of committing the fraud between Oct. 24, 2013, and Nov. 7, 2013, sources said.

His lawyer, Brian Kennedy, declined to comment.

The Wisconsin-born Bako claims a pal from Nigeria, where his parents are from, gave him the credit-card information, sources said.

Additional reporting by Kate Sheehy

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