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Woman arrested after $12G Victoria's Secret fraud, police say

Sovanna Imani Durant was charged with grand larceny

Sovanna Imani Durant was charged with grand larceny and other counts, police said. Credit: NCPD

A woman was arrested and charged with third-degree grand larceny and other counts after she entered a Victoria's Secret store repeatedly Monday and used recoded gift cards and forged credit cards to make more than $12,000 in purchases, Nassau County police said.

The fraud occurred at the store at 1450 Union Tpke., in North New Hyde Park, police said in a news release Tuesday. Monday's arrest came about 12:40 p.m. after the store's loss prevention manager said she saw Sovanna Imani Durant, 23, make multiple fraudulent purchases.

She was arraigned on the grand larceny charge, five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and third-degree unlawful possession of personal identification in First District Court in Hempstead, and she was being held on $3,000 bond and $1,500 bail. 

She is due back in court on June 24.

Her attorney, Mahmoud Rebar of Queens, said his client is expected to post bail.

"My client maintains her innocence,” said Rebar. “It’s still very early in the case, but I expect my client’s interests to prevail in court.”

Police said more than a dozen credit cards were recovered during the arrest of Durant, who is homeless, but could not immediately say how many victims may have had their identities compromised. Police did say that the victims were Victoria's Secret account holders.

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