An NYPD officer allegedly stole a dead man’s credit card to buy diamond jewelry, prosecutors say.
According to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Ymmacula Pierre, 30, was conducting a wellness check at a Greenwich Village apartment in July 2014 for a man who had not shown up to work.
When she arrived at the apartment, she found the 65-year-old man had died.
Vance says Pierre took the man’s Citibank credit card. She allegedly used it two days later to buy a diamond ring from Zales valued at more than $3,200.
“In this case, the defended is accused of disgraceful conduct by using the credit card information of a dead man to buy expensive jewelry,” said Vance.
A relative of the recently deceased man was notified about the purchase as possible credit card fraud. The niece was able to put a stop to the jewelry being shipped.
“No grieving relative should have to worry about alleged theft and misconduct by a uniformed officer in the aftermath of a loved one’s passing,” said Vance.
An investigation revealed the delivery address for the ring was listed as a reference on Pierre’s application to become an NYPD officer. Pierre was arrested and charged with grand larceny, identity theft, criminal possession of stolen property an misconduct.The three-year veteran of the NYPD pleaded not guilty and was released.