Everett Chief of Police Steven A. Mazzie announced the arrest of a man charged with credit card fraud. On Wednesday, November 30, Patrol Officers Lauren Pagliuca and Chad Herrera and Sgt. Stephen Panzini responded to the Best Buy store due to a man allegedly attempting to make purchases with a fake credit card.
On arrival, the officers were directed to an individual attempting to purchase a new iPhone 7 with a credit card. Reportedly, the purchase was denied and the card was confiscated after determining it to be phony. The individual, Gerald Pierre, 35, of Stoughton, Mass., was arrested without incident. He was charged with Credit Card Fraud Over $250, with Possession of 13 Fraudulent Credit Cards, with Attempted Larceny Over $250 and with Uttering.
Chief Mazzie said, “During the holiday season we see an increase in cases of credit card fraud. It’s important that people protect their information as much as possible, and they should use caution on where they use their cards, so they can protect their information from being skimmed for illegal purposes.”
Pierre was arraigned in Malden District Court on December 1, 2016.