An NYPD officer is accused of stealing credit card information from a dead man she'd been asked to check on and using it to purchase a diamond ring, authorities say.
The accused officer, 30-year-old Ymmacula Pierre, was on the job when she went to an apartment building on East 14th Street in Union Square last July to conduct a wellness check requested by the tenant's family, prosecutors said.
It turned out the man who lived there, 65-year-old Ken Sanden, had passed away. After notifying the man's family, Pierre obtained his credit card information and then allegedly bought a $3,200 diamond ring from Zales two days later.
She was arrested Tuesday after months of investigation following the credit card fraud last year.
Pierre, who has been on the force for three years, was charged with possession of stolen property, identity theft and official misconduct. She pleaded not guilty in court.
The NYPD said the officer is currently suspended without pay for 30 days.
There was no response at her official address in West Hempstead Tuesday, but her lawyer told reporters at court his client is a good person.