DA Vance Announces Indictment of Three Individuals in Fraudulent Shopping and Identity Theft Scheme


September 14, 2016

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of YI WU, a/k/a “Marco,” 22, SHIH TAN, a/k/a “Patrick,” 27, and IVY LIAN, a/k/a “Bing Lian,” 25, for using stolen credit card and other personal information to purchase more than $400,000 worth of luxury items from Bloomingdale’s. The defendants are charged in a 123-count New York State Supreme Court indictment with Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degrees, Identity Theft in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Second and Third Degrees, among other charges.[1] 

“This case underscores the ever-growing cyber threat that company insiders can pose to their employers,” said District Attorney Vance. “These defendants are charged with using stolen bank and credit card information to fund a weeks-long shopping spree, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars and victimizing dozens of unsuspecting cardholders from all over the country. As this case demonstrates, since 2010, our Office has invested significant resources toward investigating and prosecuting cyber crime. If you encounter suspicious cyber activity, please report it directly to us. We have the tools and the personnel to take immediate action.” 

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, between March 28, 2016, and June 9, 2016, the defendants made more than 40 purchases at Bloomingdale’s using credit card information stolen from at least 20 Chase Bank customers across the United States. LIAN was employed as a Bloomingdale’s sales associate, where she processed retail transactions at the Christian Dior counter. As alleged, TAN provided stolen credit card information to WU, who served as a “shopper.” WU would enter Bloomingdale’s and select luxury goods, including Christian Dior handbags and wallets, and then bring them to LIAN’s cash register for purchase. At LIAN’s register, WU repeatedly swiped a defective credit card to make the purchases, and when the credit card swipes were rejected, WU read stolen credit card numbers stored on his cell phone. As WU read the numbers aloud, LIAN manually entered the stolen card information into the register to complete the sale without store permission or authorization from a supervisor. 

Spending as much as $20,000 on an individual transaction, WU used the stolen credit card numbers provided by TAN to clear more than $430,000 in fraudulent purchases over the course of the ten-week scheme at Bloomingdale’s locations at 1000 Third Avenue and at 504 Broadway.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Haier is handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Brenda Fischer, Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau and Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Sachs, Chief of the Investigation Division. Detectives Robert Turbiak and Jonathan Reifer, and Sergeant Robert Li of the NYPD Cyber Task Force within the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s and Cybercrime Analysts Lilianna Rembar and Michael Terranova of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, provided additional assistance with the investigation.

District Attorney Vance also thanked Chase Bank and Bloomingdale’s for their assistance with the investigation.

Defendant Information:

YI WU, a/k/a “MARCO,” D.O.B. 11/29/1993
Queens, NY

Charged:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 42 counts
  • Identity Theft in the First Degree, a class D felony, 26 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony, 5 Counts
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 33 counts
  • Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 3 counts
  • Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Second Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
  • Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 2 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count
  • Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, 6 counts

IVY LIAN, a/k/a “BING LIAN,” 4/5/1991
New York, NY

Charged:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 43 counts
  • Identity Theft in the First Degree, a class D felony, 25 counts
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 23 counts
  • Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 2 counts
  • Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count

SHIH TAN, a/k/a “PATRICK,” 4/19/1988
Queens, NY

Charged:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
  • Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 43 counts
  • Identity Theft in the First Degree, a class D felony, 27 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony, 5 Counts
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 34 counts
  • Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 3 counts
  • Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Second Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
  • Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count
  • Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, 6 counts

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.