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Name: United States v. Cunag
Case #: 03-50067
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 06/14/2004

A defendant had no legitimate expectation of privacy in a hotel room that he obtained through credit card fraud. Although it is well settled that a patron who lawfully occupies a hotel room enjoys Fourth Amendment protections in that room, in this case the defendant had acquired the room with a false name and address, using a credit card belonging to someone who was deceased. Because he was not legitimately on the premises and never lawfully occupied the room, the defendant had no legitimate expectation of privacy. Thus, his motion to suppress evidence seized during a search of that hotel room was properly denied.