$5,300 night on town, all on dad’s credit card

SALT LAKE CITY — A man who racked up more than $5,300 in charges on his father’s credit card told police he just “needed to escape” when he went out for a night on the town in a limousine.

Charles Chase Iorg was charged Thursday with a pair of felonies for unlawful possession and use of a credit card, according to court records.

Iorg told Salt Lake City police he hired a limousine driver for $450, stopped at liquor store for a $62 purchase and went to an Apple store to splurge on a laptop, iPod Touch and two headphone sets for more than $4,000.

An Apple clerk told police the 26-year-old used his “daddy’s card.”

He also said he spent a night at the posh Grand America Hotel, taking in dinner, spa services and pay-for-view movies.

When Iorg paid the $724 hotel bill the next morning, he left behind his Utah food stamp card, according to authorities, who say he confirmed every stop and expense on the night of Jan. 27 in a police interview.

He has been released from Salt Lake County jail on $5,000 bail, according to officials. It wasn’t clear who paid for that.

Police wrote in a court affidavit that Iorg “had been staying with his parents at their residence … and felt like he needed to escape.” He returned his father’s credit card “to the drawer where he had found it” after the spending splurge, the police affidavit said.

Iorg was apparently generous to a fault. According to court records, he bought some or all of the Apple devices for his limo driver, who accompanied him inside the retail store in downtown Salt Lake City.

“The limo driver kind of considered that a tip,” police Det. Brigette Bennett said Friday.

Iorg told The Associated Press that he was “cooperating” with police but he was upset that his spending binge came out in court records. “Those details shouldn’t have been let out,” he said Friday.

The man has moved out of his parent’s house in the Salt Lake City suburb of South Jordan, according to his father.

“I don’t have much of a comment,” Eddie Iorg said.

Court records show that the father’s VISA card has new charges of $5,348.52.

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