Two customers left the Apple store at The Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday to find detectives and the Secret Service waiting for them.
According to an article in the Sun Sentinel, Nicaury Mercedes, of New York, and Omar J. Vasquex, of Ohio, were accused of accessing a victim’s personal financial information and obtaining iPhones worth more than $500 each for a price of $99. Mercedes purchased six iPhones. Police said she works for an unknown man who pays her $50 for each phone she buys. Vasquez purchased four iPhones.
Both of the accused are charged with defrauding a financial institution, fraudulent use or possession of another person’s identification without consent, grand theft and organized scheme to defraud. Vasquez is also charged with possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis.