BRONX — A city school teacher was arrested Wednesday for charging over $1,000 at Bloomingdale's on a colleague's credit card, police said.
Faith Ayala, 44, swiped a co-worker's charge card in mid-October and went on a massive shopping spree at the upscale department store, authorities said. Police could not say exactly how much she charged, nor what she bought.
Investigators discovered the fraud after her fellow teacher reported it lost, police said.
Ayala, who started teaching in 2003, has had a history of bouncing around the city school system.
She spent most of her career at the Museum School in The Bronx. The $64,000-a-year educator went on leave from that school in the middle of the fall semester in 2008, came back for a year and a half, then left again in the middle the spring 2011 semester for three months, according to the Department of Education records.
In Sept. 2012, the DOE reassigned her again, but could not say to which school she was transferred.
In June 2013, she was arrested for stealing a box of Tampax and reassigned again to a reserve pool of teachers doing substitute work or clerical duties, according to education officials.
On, Wednesday, Ayala was awaiting her arraignment on grand larceny charges for the credit card theft, authorities said. Neither she nor her lawyer could be reached for comment.
The DOE said she will continue to do clerical duties, pending the outcome of the case.