A curvy bikini model was involved in a $2 million identify theft ring that included lavish trips, luxury cards and shopping sprees across the country.
Patricia Perez-Gonzalez, 26, along with boyfriend Alberto Companioni, 31, and others allegedly opened 40 American Express Platinum cards using stolen personal information and racked up more than $2 million worth of charges over a two-year period, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said.
According to court records cited by the New York Post, the Miami-based couple took lavish trips to New York, California and Hawaii and spent thousands at stores like Hermes, Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Apple.
They targeted primarily elder victims and mailed the cards to vacant homes across the country where they – or their accomplices – would snatch them up.
The alleged thieves filled their Miami pad with stolen merchandise that included expensive skiing gear, Chanel handbags, racing bikes and a Rolex watch.
“Across the country, the defendants spared no expense while enjoying the use of credit cards opened in their victims’ names and inflicting damage on their credit,” said DA Cyrus Vance Jr.
Officials said Perez-Gonzalez often resold the stolen items through her online clothing shop “Le Fashion Wheels.” A link to the shop has been disabled.
Forged IDs, blank credit cards, a credit card encoder and the victims’ credit reports were allegedly found in Perez-Gonzalez and Companioni’s home.
According to the Post, Perez-Gonzalez frequently submitted scantily clad pictures of herself to Maxim magazine’s Twitter feed using #HotPicAtHoon. Her own feed is filled with racy shots of herself.
The pair was arraigned last month on charges of grand larceny and identity theft and are held of $500,000 bond.