A Brooklyn man was busted by the Bethlehem P.D. for identity theft after an investigation that began seven months ago, police said. He’s the third and final key player in this crime, police said.
Detectives arrested Saihing Chan, 20, of Brooklyn, on Thursday, March 27, stemming from a raid of a Chinese food restaurant in Glenmont back in August, 2013. At that time, the Bethlehem Police Department, along with the New York State Police, Homeland Security and U. S. Secret Service executed a search warrant at the Golden Town Buffet on Route 9W in Glenmont after an investigation found that credit cards were being skimmed, police said.
Also arrested: Pheng Sathongoth, 52, of Manhattan on February 12, 2014, and Bao Hua Liu, 51, of Manhattan on November 27, 2013. Investigators say the case continues with multiple federal and out of state law enforcement agencies.
Police say that Chan was, on numerous occasions, involved in using counterfeit credit cards with the identities of individuals whose credit cards were skimmed at the business. The investigation found Chan was the primary user of these bogus cards.
Chan used the cards all over to buy merchandise, gift cards and expensive perfumes, investigators said. He was picked up by Bethlehem detectives and the New York State Police Troop NYC Manhattan Criminal Squad – along with help from the FBI in Albany and Manhattan.
Chan was arraigned on six felony counts of Identity Theft, Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument, Grand Larceny and Scheme to Defraud in the Town of Bethlehem Court by Judge Andrew Kirby. Chan was sent to the Albany County jail without bail. He is due back in court Tuesday, April 1 at 4:00 p.m. for a preliminary hearing. Additional charges in the Town of Bethlehem and surrounding jurisdictions are pending.
This case was led by Bethlehem detectives and involved the New York State Police, FBI, US Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, Bridgewater, NJ Police, Hanover Massachusetts Police, Pennsylvania State Police, New York City Police Department, Colonie Police Department, East Greenbush Police Department, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police, Connecticut State Police, Albany Police Department, Westerly, Rhode Island Police Department, New Windsor Police Department and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office Financial Crimes Bureau.