Three Charged In Stolen Credit Card Scheme
Two JetBlue employees at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and a New York City correction officer have been charged with fraudulently using the stolen credit cards of JetBlue passengers to make dozens of purchases at a variety of locations throughout Queens and Manhattan over the past 12 months.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that the investigation leading to the May 2 arrests was conducted jointly with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. The investigation revealed that various JetBlue customer service agents were allegedly using credit and debit cards that passengers inadvertently left at JetBlue's customer service counter at JFK and, in some cases, distributing the cards to other individuals. The investigation is continuing.
Brown identified the three defendants as JetBlue employees Monique Robles, 25, of 253 Hunnewell Ave., Elmont, Long Island, and Georgia Malamis, 30, of 136-06 58th Rd., College Point, and New York City Correction Officer Jacqueline Miranda, 26, of Whitestone. The three defendants were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens later on May 2.
District Attorney Brown said that, according to the criminal charges, Robles, a JetBlue flight attendant, used what she believed to be a stolen American Express card to purchase gas at a BP station, located at Astoria Boulevard and 108th Street, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on November 7, 2006. After allegedly filling up the Volkswagen Beetle she was driving, Robles pulled away from the pump and allowed a Chevy Blazer to pull up to the same pump. Without initiating a new transaction, the male driver of the Blazer proceeded to put gas in his car. In total, Robles allegedly used the stolen American Express card to purchase $100 worth of gas.
It is further alleged that within the next hour, Robles used the same American Express card to purchase $112 worth of merchandise from a Pathmark Supermarket located at 3106 Farrington St. in Queens, and $88 worth of groceries from a Waldbaum's Supermarket located at 133- 11 20th Ave. in Queens. In both instances, Robles allegedly signed the true cardholder's name to the credit receipt.
A second complaint charges that Correction Officer Miranda used what she believed to be a stolen American Express card to purchase $44.49 worth of gas for the Jeep that she was driving from a BP gas station located at 130th Street and 20th Avenue on the afternoon of October 25, 2006. On December 6, 2006, Miranda allegedly attempted to purchase gas at the same BP station using a different stolen American Express card but the card was declined. Less than 10 minutes later, Miranda attempted to use the same American Express card to allegedly make a number of purchases, including DVDs, at a Target store located at 135-05 20th Ave,, only to have the card once more declined. Both American Express cards allegedly used by the defendants belonged to male cardholders.
A third complaint charges Malamis, a JetBlue customer service agent, with using what she believed to be a stolen American Express card on October 24, 2006, to purchase gas at a BP gas station located at the Van Wyck Expressway and Atlantic Avenue. The card, however, was declined. Malamis allegedly attempted to use the American Express card twice more that day at two other BP gas stations - one located at Main Street and Avery Avenue and the other at College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue. In both cases, the card was declined. On December 18, 2006, Malamis allegedly used a stolen Visa credit card to make purchases totaling $221 at the Kohl's Department Store in Fresh Meadows.
The three defendants were arraigned earlier May 2 in Manhattan Criminal Court on similar charges. Each of the defendants was released on her own recognizance and immediately re-arrested on the Queens charges.
Brown thanked Inspector General Robert E. Van Etten, Deputy Inspector General Michael Nestor, Investigator Arthur Maisano and Detective Steve Poulos of the Office of the Inspector General of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for their cooperation and assistance in the investigation. Brown also expressed his appreciation to the New York City Department of Corrections Inspector General's Office, Superintendent of Police Samuel Plumeri, Jr., and Detectives Frank Jillings and John Riley of the Port Authority Police Department, as well as American Express Corporation, Discover Card Services and Commerce Bank.
It should be noted that a complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.