The Biden women can’t seem to escape credit card troubles.
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, 25-year-old Naomi Biden, was ripped off last month by a pair of men who swiped her credit and debit card from her lost wallet and went “on a shopping spree,” authorities said.
Naomi Biden, a pal of President Trump’s daughter, Tiffany Trump, had somehow lost her wallet on Oct. 25.
Biden found out she had been scammed when she checked her bank records and learned that her credit card was used that day at a V.I.M. clothing store in Manhattan’s Hamilton Heights, officials said.
Her credit card was also used that day at a nearby MetroPCS.
There was also a third fraudulent charge on the card, according to a source.
Surveillance footage captured both suspects — Stephen Flanagan, 28, and 30-year-old Michael Echavarria, 30 — inside the V.I.M store.
Flanagan was busted Thursday on charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, while Echavarria was nabbed last week on a charge of criminal possession of stolen property.
Flanagan confessed to authorities, saying in sum and substance: “I used a credit card at MetroPCS to purchase a phone. I found the credit card in a wallet, I took the card out of the wallet. There was an ID in the wallet, I knew the card wasn’t mine. I took it and we went on a shopping spree,” according to a Manhattan Criminal Court complaint.
Echavarria, according to a criminal complaint, knowingly possessed a stolen credit card, debit card and public benefit card.
Flanagan, who has two prior arrests on his record including one for turnstile jumped in 2017 and criminal mischief in July, was released on his own recognizance at his arraignment Friday afternoon.
Echavarria was also released on his own recognizance on Nov. 7.
It was not immediately clear what the relationship between the suspects is.
Over the summer, Joe Biden’s niece, 31-year-old Caroline Biden dodged jail time for using a stolen credit card to rack up over $100,000 in goods at a Greenwich Village pharmacy.
She was sentenced in that case to two years’ worth of probation.
Additional reporting by Gabrielle Fonrouge and Stephanie Pagones
Photo Credit: New York Post