Former Baton Rouge hotel manager pleads guilty to wire fraud

BATON ROUGE — The former general manager of a hotel in Baton Rouge pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr.

Joshua Lamb, 35, pleaded guilty to the wire fraud charge before U.S. District Judge Brian A Jackson.

According to admissions made during his plea, in late 2022 and early 2023, Lamb was the general manager of Comfort Suites Medical District hotel in Baton Rouge. During that time, he operated a scheme that resulted in him wiring at least $90,000 of unearned money to himself.

Officials say that although Lamb initially claimed the wire transfers were authorized reimbursements, they were not. In the weeks before he was caught in March 2023, officials say Lamb was wiring himself thousands of dollars per week in unauthorized payments.

The U.S. Secret Service and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation.

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