A Manhattan man faces identity theft charges after his victim, a Woodmere man, asked his postal carrier why he hadn't gotten any mail for a few days, Nassau police said Wednesday.
When the postal worker replied that his mail was scheduled to be forwarded to a Manhattan address from July 5 to 19, Nassau police and postal investigators teamed up and found that Joshua N. Klarsfeld, 42, had gone on the postal website to forward the victim's mail to Manhattan, police said.
Not only that, Klarsfeld had forwarded the man's phone number to his 917 cellphone, opened a Capital One credit card in his name, used the card to buy $5,000 in Apple gift cards and charged $2,000 at Bloomingdale's on the victim's American Express card, police said.
Klarsfeld, of 533 E. 12th St., was arraigned Wednesday in Hempstead on second-degree identity theft, first-degree attempted identity theft and second-degree forgery charges. He was held on $5,000 bail.
What got the scam rolling was one key piece of information -- the victim's phone number, said Det. Sgt. Richard Harasym of the police crimes against property squad.
It's unclear how he got it, Harasym said, but when banks and others called to ask if the victim had opened accounts, Klarsfeld answered.
But Klarsfeld used the address of someone unrelated to the scam and was caught because he tried to intercept delivery of a second Capital One credit card, Harasym said. The carrier got suspicious and told Klarsfeld he had to pick it up at the post office, he said.
The next day, Klarsfeld was arrested at the East Broadway post office after using his iPad to show his credit card application to the counter employee, an undercover postal investigator, Harasym said.