That Was Easy: Larchmont Staples Clerk Charged with Skimming 50 Credit Cards


If the woman pictured below helped you recently at the Staples Office Superstore at 2444 Boston Post Rd. in Larchmont (Town of Mamaroneck), she may have been checking out more than your Post-it Notes.

Westchester County Police arrested  21-year-old Valerie Fajardo of the Bronx Tuesday and charged her with stealing credit card information from customers.

Police say Fajardo, a cashier, is accused of using a skimming device to capture the credit card information of 50 customers at the store.  “She then sold that information to a third party who used it to create fraudulent credit cards and commit $181,800 in fraud,” according to Spokesman Kieran O’Leary. The fraud occurred between May and December 2011.

The skimming device used in the scam was seized at Fajardo’s Bronx home.

Fajardo was charged with criminal possession of a forgery device and scheme to defraud  felonies; and 50 counts of unlawful possession of personal identification and 50 counts of petit larceny, misdemeanors.

Valerie Fajardo (courtesy Westchester County Police)

photo of Staples: oldonliner

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