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Posted on: January 24, 2018

U.S. Postal Letter Carrier & Girlfriend Arrested for Allegedly Stealing More than 30 Credit Cards

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MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a United States Postal Service letter carrier and his girlfriend, an New York Police Department school safety agent, have been arrested for their roles in allegedly stealing more than 30 credit cards from the mail and using them to make high-end purchases.

Naquan Wilson, 28, of Perth Amboy, N.J. was arraigned today before Judge Eileen Goggin on charges of:

  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree (a C felony)
  • Seven counts of Forgery in the Second Degree (a D felony)
  • Seven counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree (a D felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Third Degree (an A misdemeanor)

Shantavia Davis, 33, of Perth Amboy, N.J. was arraigned today before Judge Elizabeth Fox-McDonough on charges of:

  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree (a D felony)
  • Seven counts of Forgery in the Second Degree (a D felony)
  • Seven counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree (a D felony)
  • Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Third Degree (an A misdemeanor)

Bail was set at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash for Wilson and he is due back in court January 26.

Bail was set at $100,000 bond or $50,000 case for Davis she is due back in court January 26.

If convicted of the top count, Wilson faces up to five years to 15 years in prison and Davis faces up to 2-1/3 years to seven years in prison.

“These defendants are charged with stealing Nassau residents’ mail and using stolen credit cards to fund shopping sprees for luxury goods from Louboutin shoes to high-end electronics,” DA Singas said. “Thanks to the collaboration of our law enforcement partners, these alleged scammers will face justice.”

“This incident is an excellent example of the cooperation and coordination of multiple police agencies, large and small, in working together to investigate and solve complex identity theft cases where numerous persons were victimized. I particularly would like to thank the Garden City Detectives, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office Investigators, United States Post Office Inspectors, and the Inspector General’s Office, as well as the various New Jersey Law Enforcement Agencies and the New York City Police Department who assisted in this investigation,” said Garden City Police Department Commissioner Kenneth Jackson.

“The Postal Service and its over 500,000 employees have a long and successful history of providing exemplary service to the American public. Unfortunately, in all things, there can be one bad actor and Mr. Wilson as alleged in the complaint has risen to this level. Not only did he steal, but he recruited external players, such as Ms. Davis to help him carry out his crimes. This behavior will never be tolerated no matter where it is found, and Postal Inspectors along with the Office of the Inspector General will bring these individuals to justice for their crimes against the Postal Service and their customers,” said Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett.

Eileen Neff, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said: “The allegations in this matter relate to an egregious abuse of a position of trust with the Postal Service. In this matter, the employee and others who conducted the criminal schemes, as charged, were quickly and effectively investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and our law enforcement partners. We thank the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, the Garden City Police Department and the Postal Inspection Service for their ongoing support with protecting the integrity of Postal Service operations and the trust of its customers.”

DA Singas said that between August 2017 and January 23, 2018, Wilson, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, allegedly took more than 30 credit cards from the U.S. Mail and activated them - and with Davis, made high-end purchases in New York and New Jersey without the knowledge, permission or authority of the cardholders. Wilson allegedly stole envelopes with credit cards that were supposed to be delivered on his route and other routes. To activate the cards, Wilson is accused of using the CVV and CVC numbers on the back of the card and Bitcoin to pay for personal information on the dark web.

Some of the alleged purchases were made in Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom in the Roosevelt Field Mall and the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey. Purchases allegedly included Gucci fragrances, Zanotti shoes, Christian Louboutin shoes and wallet, Canada Goose outerwear, Louis Vuitton footwear and bags, Yves St. Laurent footwear, Mackage outerwear, Burberry outerwear, PRPS jeans, Alice + Olivia apparel, Cinq A Sept apparel, Moncler outerwear, Derek Lam 10 Crosby outerwear, MCM handbags. The investigation revealed that the defendant also allegedly purchased electronics such as Apple MacBooks and Beats wireless headphones at Best Buy stores in New Jersey. Neiman Marcus employees at the Short Hills Mall alleged Wilson pulled credit cards out of a sock to pay for purchases. Additionally, Wilson leases a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, a 2016 Nissan Pathfinder and owns a 2006 Honda Pilot. Davis has a 2013 BMW 328i.

The investigation started when the NCDA received information that cardholders were not receiving cards mailed to them at their Garden City addresses. We then contacted the Garden City Police Department and US Postal Inspectors, both of whom had similar complaints of mail missing from Garden City addressees.

Six pieces of U.S. mail addressed to Garden City addresses and containing credit cards were recovered from Wilson upon his January 23 arrest. Additionally, more than $29,000 in cash and two guns were recovered from the defendants’ New Jersey home following the execution of a search warrant.

Wilson has been employed with the Postal Service since 2013 and had been assigned to deliver mail on a route in Garden City. His route was on the western edge of Garden City and Garden City South. Davis is employed as an NYPD school safety agent in a school in Brooklyn, but has since resigned her position.

The investigation into this case is ongoing. If you believe you are a victim of this crime you are asked to contact the NCDA’s Economic Crimes Bureau at (516) 571-2149.

The NCDA thanks the following agencies and individuals for their assistance in this case:

 Garden City Police Department

  • Sgt. William Grimes
  • Det. Robert Rothermel
  • Det. Kevin Madden

United States Postal Inspection Service

  • Inspector Sean McGuire

United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General

  • Special Agent Eric Sheen

New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice (Office of Attorney General)

  • Detective Michael Monteiro
  • Deputy AG Matthew Lafargue

NYPD Internal Affairs Group 53

  • Lt. Janusz Kojs

Middletown, N.J. Police Department

  • Det. John Mendelsohn

Senior Assistant District Attorney Lauren Littman of DA Singas’ Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting this case. NCDA Investigator Jason Jerome investigated this case. Defendant Wilson is represented by Legal Aid and Defendant Davis has been assigned counsel by 18b..

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.

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