A New York City police officer has been charged with identity theft and official misconduct after allegedly stealing credit card information from a dead man and using it to buy a diamond ring, reports CBS New York.
Officer Ymaccula Pierre allegedly ordered the $3,200 ring last summer on Zales.com. A credit card belonging to Kenneth Sanden, 65, of New York City, was used for payment, but Sanden died two days before the order was placed.
Pierre, 30, was dispatched to Sanden’s building last July to check on him after he missed work, and found him dead. After making the discovery she allegedly stole Sanden’s credit card information.
Investigators said Officer Pierre took several steps to try to hide her illegal internet jewelry shopping.
She allegedly used her boyfriend’s internet provider to place the order, and the delivery address was that of a friend who provided Pierre’s NYPD job reference.
Jennifer Rogers, the dead man’s niece, noticed the credit card activity and reported it to police. She declined comment Tuesday night.
In a statement released Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance called the alleged identity theft “disgraceful.”
There was no answer Tuesday night at Officer Pierre’s house in West Hempstead.
She was suspended without pay Tuesday night.
(Kenneth Sanden, pictured)