Two Brooklyn residents are accused of using fraudulent credit and debit cards in an attempt to buy $600 in gift cards at an Oceanside IHOP, authorities said.
Nellie Gonzalez, 32, and Anthony Ross, 30, pleaded not guilty to charges Saturday in Nassau County District Court.
Gonzalez, of 446 Alabama Ave., was charged with 19 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument. She was released on $1,500 cash bail, said her Little Neck-based lawyer, Brandon Freycinet.DataLI crime stats
Ross, of 85 E. 42nd St., was charged with 10 counts of the same crime and was still in custody after the hearing, authorities said.
Nassau County District Court Judge Robert E. Pipia set bail for him at $2,000 bond or $1,000 cash.
Nassau County police said the pair entered the restaurant, at 2971 Long Beach Rd., at 1:44 p.m. Friday and asked to buy six $100 IHOP gift cards.
Gonzalez and Ross allegedly made several attempts to pay for the cards with different credit and debit cards, but each time the purchase was declined.
After the two left the IHOP, the restaurant manager notified police, who found the pair in a car with Virginia license plates in an Island Park parking lot.
Prosecutors had asked for $10,000 bail each for Gonzalez and Ross, but Freycinet told Pipia that Gonzalez had no criminal record; and Gregory Zak, a Nassau County Legal Aid attorney representing Ross, emphasized the nonviolent nature of the allegations.
Police said the pair had used re-encoded credit and debit cards to try to buy the gift cards and had about 80 other blank cards from various financial institutions.
Gonzalez and Ross are scheduled to next appear in county district court in Mineola on Tuesday.