New York mother and daughter started credit card fee scam to fund lavish lifestyle: impeachment

Like mother, like scammer.

A Long Island mother and daughter have been charged over a decade-plus credit card fraud scheme in which they allegedly scammed banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for designer dud purchases and luxury vacations , learned The Post.

Karan Geist, 61, and her daughter Alyssa Geist, 33, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to the slew of charges against them, including grand larceny and fraud.

“This is a 13-year scheme that involved thousands of credit card transactions that Karan falsely reported — even though she faced legitimate charges — as fraudulent,” Assistant District Attorney Catherine said. McCaw during the hearing.

Prosecutors allege Karan falsely disputed $850,000 in charges from about 14 different credit card companies between 2008 and 2021.

“These purchases ranged from the luxurious to the mundane,” according to District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office.

“On numerous occasions, Karan has booked both overseas and domestic trips to exotic destinations including Paris, Milan, Norway, Costa Rica, Hawaii and a number of other locations,” said the ADA told Judge Laura Ward in court.

The Huntington resident – ​​a former Elwood Middle School paraprofessional – allegedly received a credit on her statements after calling banks and writing letters to employees falsely reporting fraudulent charges, including $205,000 on her American Express cards and $155,000 from Chase.

The Long Island mother and daughter have been charged for allegedly falsely reporting fraudulent charges on credit cards to fund luxury travel.
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“She booked tickets in her own name, car rentals in the name of a family member, hotel stays in her own name and other luxury purchases like watches and handbags. while she was traveling,” McCaw said.

She also allegedly disputed mundane living expenses, such as shopping at the Dollar Store and even a vet bill for her dogs Louis and Daisy, as well as shopping sprees at Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman.

Prosecutors allege Karan — who lost his college gig in November 2016, according to Board of Education records — then recruited his daughter to join the family racketeering. They accused Alyssa, a former teacher from New York, of participating in the scam for about six months.

In 2016, Barclays Bank obtained surveillance footage of Karan and Alyssa carrying out a transaction at a Chanel store – which the two later reported as a fraudulent charge, prosecutors say.

Alyssa Geist is pictured during her arraignment in state Supreme Court on August 26, 2022 in New York City.
Alyssa Geist during her arraignment in state Supreme Court on August 26, 2022 in New York City.
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Karen Geist (pictured) and her daughter Alyssa are facing robbery and other charges.
Karen Geist (above) and her daughter Alyssa face robbery and other charges.
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Alyssa – who left the city’s Department of Education in 2015 and founded Tutorologie, an in-home and online tutoring service for children – allegedly used one of her mother’s credit cards for a purchase of $1,400 in July 2017. Following Karan’s specific instructions, she later contested the charge. to get a refund, prosecutors charged.

While on a trip to Montreal with friends in August 2017, Alyssa texted her mother explaining how to wrongfully challenge charges as fraudulent, prosecutors say.

Alyssa graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2011 with a major in Secondary Mathematics Education, where she was a member of the Zeta Sigma Phi sorority. In her sorority biography, when asked what her favorite hobby was, she replied “I have a shopping addiction/semi-problem”.

Police raided Karan’s home about a year ago and found more than 100 credit cards linked to several purchases – including a fridge and sunglasses – as well as receipts linked to transactions that took place. subsequently flagged as fraudulent, the prosecutor’s office said.

The accused crooks were released on probation after their hearing on Friday, and their passports were confiscated.

Karen Geist (left) and Alyssa Geist (right) walk to their arraignment in state Supreme Court on August 26, 2022.
Karen Geist (left) and Alyssa Geist walk to their arraignment in state Supreme Court on August 26, 2022.
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Alyssa, who wore ragged jeans and a printed top, was in tears as she left court, and she and her mother declined to comment.

“My only comment [is] she is not guilty. She is completely innocent here and it will get out eventually,” Alyssa’s attorney James Pascarella said. A lawyer for Karan did not immediately return a request for comment.

The mother and daughter are due back in court on September 14.

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