James William Wilson has been in police custody since Sunday evening following complaints from the management of Crossroads Transit Hotel at Nine-Mile.
According to acting Lae metropolitan superintendent, Commander Timothy Pomoso, the British man has been charged with one count of false pretence under the criminal code act.
He said the man owes the hotel a total of K37,880.50.
He had checked in on the 13th of August and left without payment. He then tried to check into another guest house at Eriku when police caught up with him.