Long Island mother and daughter ran a 13-year credit card fraud scheme that racked up $850,000 in charges

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How did they get away with it? The Long Island mother and daughter ran a 13-year credit card fraud scheme that racked up $850,000 on more than 100 cards to pay for dream trips across Europe and the United States, making shopping at Chanel and renting luxury cars

  • Karan Geist, 61, and his daughter Alyssa Geist, 33, both pleaded not guilty to robbery, fraud and other charges in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday.
  • They allegedly used 14 different credit card companies to run the 13-year-old scam to buy designer clothes and expensive vacations
  • Manhattan prosecutors accuse Karan Geist of falsely reporting nearly $1 million between 2008 and 2021
  • They say she got a credit on her statements when she called the banks and reported bogus charges
  • On separate occasions, she got $205,000 on an American Express card and $155,000 on a Chase card

A Long Island mother and daughter have been accused of racking up $850,000 in fraudulent credit card purchases over more than a decade.

Karan Geist, 61, and his daughter Alyssa Geist, 33, both pleaded not guilty to robbery, fraud and other charges in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday.

According to the New York Post, they allegedly used 14 different credit card companies to run the 13-year-old scam to buy designer clothes and expensive vacations.

Manhattan prosecutors accuse Karan Geist of falsely reporting nearly $1 million between 2008 and 2021.

They say she got a credit on her statements when she called the banks and reported bogus charges.

On separate occasions, she got $205,000 on an American Express card and $155,000 on a Chase card.

Long Island woman Karan Geist (pictured) and her daughter have been accused of racking up $850,000 in fraudulent credit card purchases over more than a decade

Karan Geist, 61, and his daughter Alyssa Geist (pictured), 33, both pleaded not guilty to robbery, fraud and other charges in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday

DA Albin Bragg’s office said the purchases “ranged from the luxurious to the mundane”.

Geist women traveled the map to destinations as varied as Paris, Milan, Norway, Costa Rica and Hawaii. A photo posted online shows the two walking down London’s famous Abbey Road.

Assistant District Attorney Catherine McCaw told the court: “She booked tickets in her own name, car rentals in a family member’s name, hotel stays in her own name and other luxury purchases like watches and handbags while she was travelling.”

As Bragg’s office called it, she wouldn’t just use the credit for extravagance, she would use it at dollar stores or to pay simple vet bills, in addition to occasional department store purchases. .

Prosecutors say Karan Geist started out on his own but eventually put his daughter Alyssa – a former schoolteacher in New York – into the prank for about six months.

Geist women traveled the map to destinations as varied as Paris, Milan, Norway, Costa Rica and Hawaii

Geist women traveled across the map to destinations as varied as Paris, Milan, Norway, Costa Rica and Hawaii

Prosecutors say Karan Geist started out on his own but eventually put his daughter Alyssa – a former schoolteacher in New York – into the prank for about six months.

Prosecutors say Karan Geist started out on his own but eventually put his daughter Alyssa – a former schoolteacher in New York – into the prank for about six months.

They were previously seen entering a Barclays to report a fraudulent charge on surveillance footage in 2016.

Geist’s heist was ended by a 2021 police raid of his Huntington, Long Island home and uncovered more than 100 credit cards and receipts for transactions reported to be fraudulent.

The women were released on probation after a hearing on Friday and are due back in court on September 14. Their passports were confiscated.

Alyssa’s attorney, James Pascarella, told the Post, “My only comment [is] she is not guilty. She’s completely innocent here and it will get out eventually.

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