A Tampa hotel is offering refunds to people who mistakenly think they have bought a $100-million check from the family of a woman who was shot dead in 2013, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Florida is the latest legal attempt to force the hotel to explain its fraudulent transactions.
The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday that the family claims the money was in a legitimate check from an insurance company.
The hotel said Friday it would not comment on the lawsuit, but said in a statement that it “recovery checks are sent out to consumers with valid identification.
We are investigating and will respond appropriately when we are able to.”
It is unclear how many customers were fooled into thinking they had paid for a fake check.
The family of 22-year-old Shondalyn Williams is seeking $150 million in damages.
The family of Shondale Williams, who was killed in 2013 while walking to her boyfriend’s apartment in Florida, filed the lawsuit against the hotel in February 2016.
She is suing the hotel, the owners of the apartment, the owner of the Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, and its owner for failing to warn them about the fraud, the Tampa Tribune reported.
Shondale and her father, Shondre Williams, were walking to their apartment from their Tampa, Fla., home when a man with a gun opened fire on them, wounding Shondales daughter, 17-year, and Shondelews son, 6.
Shondeal was shot in the chest and later died in the hospital.
The suit also claims the hotel failed to report the crime to the police and failed to notify the family about it until after Shondals death.
The couple said they did not know their son had been shot until they returned to the hotel.
A Tampa police spokesman said police had no comment on Thursday’s lawsuit.
The hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.