Richard Cheney decided to live it up when he ended a 10-month sentence at Stillwater (Minn.) State prison last week.

He went to the plush Whitney Hotel in the downtown area and registered as a guest of the Pillsbury Co., running up a $938.32 bill.Cheney, 28, of Northfield, Minn., appeared in court Monday on a charge of theft of more than $500.

The hotel checked on Thursday, the day after he checked in, and found that Pillsbury had not authorized his stay.

The complaint said that Cheney told police he had no cash or credit cards and that the only identification he had was a card from prison.

Cheney had served time for helping an offender avoid arrest.