Albany man admits identity theft scheme
An Albany man has admitted to using cloned credit cards to defraud several area retail stores, including the Price Chopper supermarket in Watervliet.
The Albany County District Attorney’s Office said Michael Harrison, 27, pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of firstdegree identity theft in Albany County Court. Under terms of a plea deal, Harrison faces as much as 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 8, 2018.
Authorities said Harrison was the orchestrator of an identity theft scheme in which he used cloned credit cards containing the personal identifying information of members of the Albany and Bethlehem police departments, as well as the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union of Philadelphia, to make fraudu-
lent purchases Aug. 28, 2015, at Price Chopper stores in Colonie and Watervliet and Jimmy Jazz in Guilderland, as well as on Sept. 14, 2015, at Macy’s in Colonie. Authorities said he fraudulently obtained more than $2,000 in cash, merchandise and gift cards.
Harrison was arrested Nov. 10 by Albany police and found in possession of approximately $9,000 in cash, several forged driver’s licenses, a forged Social Security card, gift cards and laptops.