Police have arrested and charged a Queens man with 27 counts of possession of a forged instrument after cops said he was caught buying gas with forged credit cards in exchange for cash.
Officers say Alistair Monroe, 30, was at the Gulf Express Station, 363 N. Newbridge Rd., in Levittown, on Thursday at 10:45 p.m. swiping fraudulent credit cards for gas customers who gave him cash in return.
According to police, Monroe used three of these forged cards to buy gas in the amounts of $45.16, $65.74 and $55.37 for patrons. In return, Monroe collected $20 from each of his customers, police said.
Police also say Monroe, of Springfield Gardens, Queens, had 53 assorted gift cards on him at the time, 27 of which the magnet strips were forged and fraudulently encoded with different credit card account numbers.
Monroe was arraigned on Friday in First District Court in Hempstead and charged with 27 counts of possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.