WESTPORT, Conn. — A New York woman and an accomplice came up with a scheme to create phony companies in a massive credit card fraud. However, the scheme, which totaled $27,000 in fraudulent charges in Westport, collapsed and the woman was arrested Thursday afternoon, police said.
The investigation, which resulted in the arrest of Rachel Alexander, 39, began in November 2014, when a victim reported that his credit card had been charged $13,000 by a fraudulent company, police said.
As Westport detectives investigated, they discovered other fraudulent companies that had been created by Alexander and her co-conspirator, who hasn't been arrested.
In the scheme, Alexander illegally obtained credit card information from the victims, then billed a phony company that she created, police said. The amount of fraudulent charges totaled $27,000 for the Westport case, police said.
Alexander has also been investigated by other towns for similar crimes, police said, but there wasn't information on charges in connection with those cases.
Alexander, 39, of 139 Belleville Avenue, Oceanside, N.Y., was charged with three counts of first-degree identity theft, three counts of illegal use of a credit card, one count of first-degree larceny, two counts of second-degree larceny, three counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft, three counts of conspiracy to commit illegal use of a credit card, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and two counts of conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny.
Alexander's bond was set at $85,000. She is scheduled to make her first appearance in Stamford court April 7.