A Brooklyn man was indicted on costs that he allegedly solid greater than 100 credit score and reward playing cards to rack-up high-end purchases.
Brooklyn District Lawyer Eric Gonzalez introduced that Berlioz Florestal was arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court docket on Monday, the place he was charged with 223 counts of possession of a solid instrument and different forgery-related costs. He additionally was arraigned on a separate indictment for forgery-related offenses after he allegedly drove with a faux North Carolina license.
In what Gonzalez referred to as a “sophisticated and high-tech operation,” the 20-year-old Forestal was caught with 110 solid credit score and reward playing cards scattered or hidden all through his condominium throughout a search by legislation enforcement in Nov. 2021, in accordance with officers. Additionally allegedly discovered contained in the Midwood condominium have been a number of credit score vehicles skimming gadgets and readers, a bank card embossing machine, three packs of magnetic strips, validation stickers, a solid driver’s license and about $3,300 in money.
Among the many faux playing cards have been 40 Visa reward playing cards, 17 Vanilla reward playing cards, 32 Mastercard reward playing cards and 21 others from a wide range of monetary directions, Gonzalez stated. The investigation revealed that Florestal used the counterfeit gadgets partly to purchase high-end gadgets and clothes from retailers like Gucci and Prada.
Past the faux playing cards, Florestal was stopped by police in Coney Island on April 24 for having home windows that there tinted too darkly, in accordance with Gonzalez. He was discovered to be driving with a suspended license, and positioned beneath arrest.
When searched on the station home, police discovered a solid North Carolina driver’s license in his pants pocket. A bank card embossing machine wrapped in a black rubbish bag was later present in Florestal’s trunk, as was a hologram sticker of the Delaware state seal.
Florestal was launched with out bail and is subsequent scheduled to seem in courtroom on July 28.