Al­bany man ad­mits iden­tity theft scheme

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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