Brooklyn woman illegally bought $15K-plus in gift cards, NPD says

NPD Kelly Gholston
Kelly Gholston


A 26-year-old Brooklyn woman has been arrested and charged with forgery, fraudulent use of credit cards, theft and possession of multiple fraudulent credit cards [13 counts in all] after she allegedly used fraudulent credit cards to purchase more than $15,000 in gift cards from stores in Nutley and elsewhere, the Nutley Police Department said last week.

The investigation into the woman’s activities began after a local merchant told police Kelly Gholston had come to his store over the last few months to buy the gift cards, which are normally sold for more than $500 each, police said.

Police said they then put out a notice to their officers — as well as to law-enforcement agencies outside the township — and an alert storeowner on Passaic Ave. noticed Gholston when she tried to make a similar purchase last week.

Officers Mathew Murphy and Sean Swift were the first to arrive at to the store to detain Gholston on June 24, police said, and when detectives arrived, and questioned Gholston, police said they reportedly found that Gholston had 10 fraudulently made credit cards on her when they searched her.

Police said she told them the cards had numbers on them from stolen credit cards that were later artificially placed on to laminate cards that had her name on them.

Police said it is possible there may be other fraud cases they’re not yet aware of involving the suspect.

The lead detective on the case was Tom Parada, who works under Det. Sgt. Anthony Montanari, who also serves as the department’s public information officer.

Police Chief Thomas Strumolo and Mayor Al Petracco both commended the members of the department who were able to track Gholston down.

Be sure to check and future issues of The Observer for updates to this developing story.

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