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Scarsdale Resident Fraudulently Charged $10,000

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A Scarsdale resident had a long and stressful weekend after he discovered that his identity had been stolen and more than $10,000 had been charged to his name, according to Scarsdale police.

The 68-year-old Mamaroneck Road resident told police Saturday an unknown person opened an Amazon Chase credit card in his name and used it to purchase more than $10,000 in goods at Apple and Best Buy electronics stores.

The man told police he received a call from Chase Bank, advising him that he had overdrawn his credit card – despite the fact he didn’t have a Chase credit card. In working with the Chase Fraud and Security Department, the resident was able to ascertain the address listed to open up the credit card.

The Carmel Police Department is working with the Scarsdale Police Department on the investigation. The resident was advised to continue checking his credit reports to see if there was any further fraudulent activity.

If caught, the person who committed the crime is facing a first-degree identity theft charge, a class D felony that is punishable by up to seven years in state prison.

Also on the Scarsdale police blotter from June 4 through June 11:

More fraudulent credit card activity: On June 5, a resident of Lyme Road reported 13 charges totaling more than $3,000 had been fraudulently made to his credit card between April 30 and May 10. He filed a complaint with the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Fraud Services Division.

Stolen ladder: On Sunday, police responded to a residence on Meadow Road whose owner claimed that a 20-foot collapsible aluminum ladder was taken from his backyard without his permission or authority. The resident told police he last saw the ladder at approximately 8 a.m. Friday, and it was discovered missing that day at 2:40 p.m. Patrols attempted to check with neighbors on either side of the residence, to see if they saw anything suspicious, but no one answered at either location.

Bench warrant arrest: A man from New Paltz turned himself in to Scarsdale Police Sunday on an active bench warrant issued by the Scarsdale Village Court on Feb. 4, 2009. The 36-year-old man was released to his father that evening on $200 bail. He is due back in court on June 27.

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