Two Chicago residents have been arrested by local white-collar crime investigators on charges of possessing more than 20 fraudulent credit cards.
The two, Diane Gordon and Norris French, were arrested at the Cyril E. King Airport on Jan. 3 after a five-day shopping spree on St. Thomas where the pair purchased many big-ticket items, according to the Daily News.
French also goes by the name Reggie Dean.
The two racked up a $2,000 bill at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef resort and rented a vehicle from Budget Rent-A-Car using the fraudulent credit cards.
The report said the two also used the cards to buy airline tickets, designer glasses, electronic items, shoes, T-shirts and towels. It was when they attempted to buy a $14,000 Rolex watch that they were detected by a retail clerk who alerted authorities to the possible card scam.
The scheme involved the two using blank plastic cards, embossing logos and their names on the cards and then adding real credit card numbers from unknowing victims.
Investigators at the V.I. Justice Department have reportedly contacted the people whose credit account numbers may have been used and urged them to watch out for inflated bills for purchases they did not authorize.
This is not the first run-in with the law for the two. They were charged with a string of felony crimes in other jurisdictions, according to investigators on the case.
The two are expected to appear in Territorial Court for arraignment proceedings Thursday, the paper said.