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Criminal Charges, Volume XXXI: Odd items put on stolen plastic

Jeremy Simon

It seems there isn’t much nowadays that can’t be charged to your credit card. While the ability to put nearly everything on plastic and (potentially) pay for it tomorrow might be decried by consumer advocates, it makes for an edition of Criminal Charges that includes crooks who put purchases from tattoos to Gulfstream jets on stolen plastic.

Alleged fraudster’s to-so list: crown, ink, chopper, bond

borgeson_crim_charges.jpgAlicia K. Borgeson of Sarasota, Fla., allegedly used stolen credit card information to check a bunch of items off her to-do list, including buy a crown for her tooth, get a tattoo, buy a motorcycle and cover the cost of a jail bond.

“She used the card, an arrest document says, to buy a Yamaha motorbike ($3,100), visit the dentist ($1,500), get a tattoo ($300) and bond herself out of jail on an unrelated charge ($200),” Tampa Bay Online reports. Although a document from the Sarasota Sherriff’s office lists her as unemployed, a detective says Borgeson stole a customer’s credit card number while she was working for a Sarasota company.

Borgeson seemingly worked up quite a thirst while being so productive. According to the Web site, she was caught by police when she stopped into a restaurant to buy a Dr. Pepper using the stolen credit card — and left the Yamaha bike parked outside.

Of course, if you’re going to spend that kind of money on dental work, it’s probably best to avoid drinking soda.

Mini-Madoff charged with looting $20M from family trust
A Massachusetts man who was supposed to manage the inheritance of a wealthy family decided to take more than a little something for himself.

Based on an indictment, John F. Doorly of Topsfield, Mass., could spend up to 20 years in prison on charges of mail fraud and money laundering after he allegedly stole $20 million from the family trust set up for descendants of 19th century industrialist Frederick Ayer. “The indictment says that from 1999 to 2006, Doorly transferred millions of dollars from the trust for his own purposes, including payments of extravagant credit card expenses,” the Boston Herald reports.

Just what were those “extravagant” credit card charges? According to authorities, Doorly used his former role as chief operating officer of Tenens Corp. to steal money, which he used to buy himself, his family and his girlfriends real estate, cars, Gulfstream jets, time shares and golf club memberships at the Jupiter, Fla., Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa. The firm fired Doorly in March 2006 after it found out about the alleged theft.

“Similar, though on a much smaller scale, to the case of Bernard Madoff — the former Nasdaq chairman who has been charged with a $50 billion Ponzi scheme — investigators allege Doorly hid the theft by manipulating internal accounting systems and sent false statements to trust beneficiaries,” the Herald reports.

Who says crooks don’t read?
While other crooks are out getting themselves tattoos and airplanes, one North Carolina thief apparently decided to take a bushel of books.

According to the Chapel Hill News, a stolen credit card was used to buy $1,853.52 worth of books from University of North Carolina’s Tar Heel Bookstore on March 3. While I remember college textbooks being costly, that’s got to be a shopping cart’s worth of required reading.

UNC students, keep your eyes peeled: If police catch a thief reading stolen business ethics books, we could have a future Doorly in the making.    

See related: Bail yourself out of jail — with a credit card

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