A 38-year-old man from Bayside, Queens, was taken into custody on Aug. 7 in connection with fraudulent credit card and counterfeit document use. A Westbury hotel reportedly experienced losses of $18,000 due to the man's presentation of fraudulent cards in payment during his time staying at the premises. Payments were eventually declined by the credit card company. Authorities indicate the man rented another room in East Garden City where a search was reportedly made with his consent. The search allegedly turned up several identifications and credit cards that were fraudulent as well as counterfeit driver's licenses. He was also allegedly in possession of equipment and materials needed for the production of such documents.
Getting charged with a crime at the federal level often means higher potential penalties than charges at the state level. Some crimes, such as tax evasion, are the exclusive jurisdiction of federal law, while others, such as drug crimes, can be prosecuted at either level.
Handling finances for another person can be a very challenging responsibility. Every transaction can be scrutinized and when something suspicious happens with an account, people will often assume that criminal behaviors or financial mismanagement are to blame. However, this is not always the case.