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Police: Man arrested in fraudulent Neiman Marcus purchases

Yixin Chen, 27, of Flushing, was arrested late

Yixin Chen, 27, of Flushing, was arrested late Thursday, July 21, 2016, and charged with making purchases with a fraudulent credit card from Nieman Marcus. Credit: NCPD

He used fake identification to get a credit card, then used that card to make more than $10,000 in fraudulent purchases at the Neiman Marcus store in East Garden City, police said.

Now, Yixin Chen, 27, of Union Street, Flushing, is under arrest, charged with an assortment of crimes after police said Friday he tried to use a different fraudulent credit card to purchase more items at Neiman Marcus — only to be caught.

Nassau County police said the first incident occurred on June 5, when Chen bought more than $7,000 in jewelry from the store using the fraudulent card.

A day later, police said, Chen returned to the store on Old Country Road and bought an additional $3,258.75 in jewelry — using the same card. That card was obtained, police said, after Chen acquired a fraudulent New York driver’s license, Social Security card and Macy’s Visa card, using them as proof during the application process at Neiman Marcus.

On Thursday, police said Chen went to Neiman Marcus and tried to open another credit card account under a different fraudulent name, only to have asset protection agents at the store recognize him from the previous purchases.

Those agents called police.

Chen was arrested as he entered his 2015 Toyota RAV4 in the parking lot at 8:35 p.m., police said.

Officers then found five additional identification cards in the vehicle, each bearing Chen’s photograph, police said.

Chen was charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny, five counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, two counts of first-degree identity theft and one count of first-degree defraud. He faces arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.


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