2002-11-02 / Community

Feds Nab Woman On Stolen Credit Cards

Feds Nab Woman On Stolen Credit Cards

This week, Secret Service agents arrested a Far Rockaway woman, working as a home attendant, for allegedly stealing and using the credit cards of a cerebral palsy patient she cared for. According to published reports, the woman, identified as Phillian Barnet, a 24-year-old Jamaican native, was busted at her apartment on Gipson Street in Far Rockaway after federal authorities caught her on a video surveillance camera buying jewelry with one of the cards at a store in the Far Rockaway area. Several of the credit cards used in the purchases were located on the premises at the time of the arrest.

Barnett allegedly ran up a $10,000 tab on the credit cards by purchasing jewelry, clothes and airline tickets to Jamaica. In one instance, Barnett is said to have purchased two tickets to her native homeland, one for herself and the other for her boyfriend, on the victim’s Mastercard, totaling close to $500. She is also being charged with using the patient’s Visa card to buy gold earrings, sportswear and other expensive items.

"This is a crime of fundamental dishonesty," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Levine during Barnett’s arraignment in Brooklyn Federal Court.

"It involved taking someone else’s identity and using it for her own gain."

The victim, who uses a wheelchair, is identified in court records as "Jane Doe."

The complaint noted that an unidentified agency had placed Barnett with the patient in July 2001.

During the arraignment, Levine asked for a substantial bond, fearing that Barnett would flee the country, possibly to head back to Jamaica. Magistrate Marilyn Gold set bond at $100,000.

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