A mail carrier and his girlfriend appeared in court Wednesday to face multiple charges after authorities said he stole at least 30 credit cards from a Garden City post office before the couple used them to spend “tens of thousands” on designer handbags and other luxury items.
Naquan Wilson, 28, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, stole the credit cards before they were delivered to residents, Nassau prosecutors said. Wilson activated the cards using owners’ personal information he bought on the internet with bitcoin, a form of cryptocurrency, prosecutors said.
Wilson and his live-in girlfriend, Shantavia Davis, 33, an NYPD school safety agent, bought designer items, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton handbags, Christian Louboutin shoes and Burberry outerwear, prosecutors said.
The couple returned some items for store credit, prosecutors said.
“He was purchasing them for his own use, and he was selling the merchandise for cash,” prosecutor Lauren Littman said.
Wilson and Davis, who were both taken into custody Tuesday, pleaded not guilty Wednesday at their arraignments in First District Court in Hempstead on seven counts of second-degree forgery, seven counts of first-degree identity theft, and third-degree unlawful possession of personal identification information.
In addition, Wilson faces one count of second-degree criminal possession of stolen property, the most serious charge, with a punishment of up to 5 to 15 years in prison. Davis was also arraigned on a count of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, the most serious charge she faces. It carries a punishment of between 2 1⁄3 to 7 years in prison.
Judge Elizabeth Fox-McDonough set bail at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash for each defendant.
At the time of Wilson’s arrest, authorities said, they found six stolen credit cards in his possession. Investigators found about $30,000 in cash inside Wilson’s apartment, authorities said.
The investigation is continuing.
“We believe that there are far more than the 30 cards he stole,” said Diane Peress, chief of Nassau district attorney’s Economic Crimes Bureau.
The investigation began in October after residents notified the district attorney’s office, the Garden City police department, and the U.S. Postal Service inspectors that they did not receive credit cards their financial institutions sent by mail.
Prosecutors alleged Wilson began stealing the credit cards in August 2017 and continued to do so until his arrest at the Garden City post office on Franklin Avenue. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service said Wilson was hired in 2013.
Davis resigned from her job Wednesday, according to prosecutors.
Authorities asked anyone suspecting they may have been a victim to call the district attorney’s office at 516-571-2149.
Some luxury goods Nassau prosecutors said defendants Naquan Wilson, and his girlfriend, Shantavia Davis, purchased include:
- Shoes from Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Yves St. Laurent, Zanotti
- Handbags from Louis Vuitton and MCM
- Outerwear from Burberry, Canada Goose, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Mackage, and Moncler
- Apparel from Alice + Olivia and denims from PRPS
- Gucci fragrances
- Apple MacBooks and Beats by Dre wireless headphones