Published April 28, 2016
An identity theft ring that included a sultry bikini model racked up $2 million in fraudulent charges to bankroll lavish trips, luxury cars and fancy shopping sprees, authorities said Tuesday.
Curvy vixen Patricia Perez-Gonzalez, 26, her boyfriend Alberto Companioni, 31, and others allegedly opened 40 American Express Platinum cards using their victims’ stolen personal information, the Manhattan DA’s office said.
The cards were then mailed to vacant homes across the country where the thieving couple or their accomplices snatched them up over a two-year period.
The ring primarily targeted the elderly, officials said.
The Miami-based couple flew to New York, California and Hawaii, dined at pricey restaurants like Bagatelle and blew tens of thousands at Hermes, Burberry, Louis Vuitton and the Apple store, court records show.
Perez-Gonzalez, whose Twitter feed showcases dozens of racy shots of herself, often resold the goods through her online clothing shop “Le Fashion Wheels,” according to the DA’s office.
The duo’s Miami pad was allegedly filled with stolen merchandise, including racing bikes, expensive skiing gear, a Rolex watch and Chanel handbags, officials said.
Authorities also seized forged IDs, blank credit cards, a credit card encoder and victims’ credit reports.
Perez-Gonzalez frequently submitted scantily clad pics of herself to Maxim magazine’s Twitter feed #HotPicAtNoon!
In one sexy snap, Perez-Gonzalez wears barely-there daisy dukes and an America flag crop-top sweater as she pumps gas.
Perez and Companioni were arraigned in March on charges of grand larceny and identity theft. They’re being held on $500,000 bond.
“Across the country, the defendants spared no expense while enjoying the use of credits cards opened in their victims’ names and inflicting damage on their credit,” said DA Cyrus Vance Jr.