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DA: Mail carrier used stolen credit card to pay for plastic surgery

A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier used a credit card stolen from her route to pay for an $8,000 plastic surgery procedure at a Babylon medical clinic, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said Thursday.

Shakera Small, 31, of Jamaica, was arraigned Wednesday night on third-degree grand larceny and other charges in Queens criminal court. Judge Toko Serita ordered Small, who faces up to seven years in prison of convicted, to return to court on May 6.

"Credit card fraud is a serious crime," Katz said. "Bogus charges can ruin a person’s credit rating and affect one’s ability to buy a home, a car or even rent an apartment. The crime alleged here was a betrayal of the public trust and an insult to the thousands and thousands of hardworking postal employees who do their jobs with integrity."

According to court papers, Small was assigned to deliver mail to an address on 168th Street in Jamaica. A man who lived on that street during that time received a credit card statement with an $8,000 charge from Long Island Plastic Surgery.

The victim contacted the bank that had issued the card, informing it that he had not authorized the charge and had never actually received the card in the mail, prosecutors said.

Small used an alias when she visited the Babylon office of Long Island Plastic Surgery for a consultation in August 2019, prosecutors said. She presented an allegedly forged Connecticut driver’s licence while at the office, and a few days later used a credit card linked to her credit union account to charge a $1,000 deposit for a surgery.

Small used the stolen credit card to pay the balance due for the procedure late that month. Small underwent surgery on Sept. 3, 2019, according to Katz.

An attorney for Small, David Strachan of Queens, did not immediately return a request for comment.

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