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Medical Worker Uses Company Credit Card to Go On $100K Shopping Spree: NYPD

By Shaye Weaver | August 15, 2017 9:41am

UPPER EAST SIDE — An employee of a medical practice on East 60th Street used her company's credit card to go on a shopping spree at high-end stores and pay for flights and hotel stays to the tune of more $100,000, authorities said. 

While working as an office manager responsible for billing and payroll at Allergy/Immunology at 121 E. 60th St., Yonkers resident Yannay Cruz, 38, used the business credit card to shop at Bloomingdale's and Louis Vuitton, as well as booking flights on JetBlue, Delta and staying at the Marriott, the NYPD said.

She racked up a total of $104,595 in charges on the company dime, though police and prosecutors did not have further details about the purchases.

Employees at the clinic referred questions to Dr. Ira Finegold, one of the clinic's doctors, who did not return a call for comment Monday.

Cruz was arrested Aug. 10 and arraigned on charges of grand larceny. Although prosecutors requested $25,000 bail, the judge released her under supervision that day, according to prosecutors. She is next due back in court Oct. 10.

Her attorney declined to comment.

Other notable incidents in this week’s blotter from the 19th Precinct include:

► A 36-year-old man from Philadelphia used a stolen credit card to buy a $6,000 Chanel bag at Bloomingdale's at 1000 Third Ave., police said. The suspect had grabbed the card from a woman's wallet as she dined at Serafina on East 61st Street on Aug. 10 and used it at Bloomingdale's later that day around 2:24 p.m., police said. Because it was a large purchase, store security did an audit and found that the victim had contacted American Express to report the card stolen. Police found that the suspect also had two other stolen credit cards on him.

► A woman dining at Calexico at 1491 Second Ave. left her wallet inside her baby carriage and later found that someone had stolen it while she wasn't looking at around 1:30 p.m. on July 29, police said. The $500 Louis Vuitton wallet contained $725 cash, a $50 MetroCard and various store credit cards, police said. Calexico did not return a request for comment Monday.

► A Fresh Direct worker was arrested for three burglaries police say he committed while on his route in October of last year, as well as June and July of this year. Detectives found that the 24-year-old from Brooklyn stole a $400 David Yurman bracelet from an apartment on East 69th Street, $23,155 in jewelry from a night stand in an apartment on East 71st Street, and $500 cufflinks from another apartment on East 76th Street, police said. In the last two burglaries, the worker left their Fresh Direct packages in front of their doors. Fresh Direct could not be reached for comment Monday.

► Thieves stole nearly $12,000 in Ralph Lauren merchandise from the fashion brand's Madison Avenue store in separate incidents on Aug. 10, police said. A man took 20 "Purple Label" items valued at $9,009 and fled the store around 3:48 p.m., while another two suspects walked out with a $2,950 handbag about two hours later, police said. The NYPD is still investigating the thefts. Ralph Lauren did not return a request for comment Monday.

► A worker's tools valued at $2,332 were stolen out of his van parked at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and East 60th Street on Aug. 10 sometime between 2:16 and 5 p.m., police said. The man returned to his van and saw that the backdoor was open and the tools were missing. Police are investigating.