GENEVA – A New York woman was charged with five felony counts of possessing an altered a credit card after attempting to buy more than $7,000 worth of goods at a Geneva store, police and court records show.
Kaylana S. Giwa, 24, of the 200 block of Lenox Road, Brooklyn, New York, was charged June 7 with knowingly possessing an altered credit card with the intent to defraud, according to the charging documents.
According to police reports, Giwa and another shopper at Ulta Cosmetics, 1560 S. Randall Road, Geneva, selected expensive perfumes, asked for more from the stock room and requested two $500 Dyson hair dryers.
While Giwa shopped, Ulta contacted its loss prevention department, which believed her behavior was similar to other fraudulent activities experienced at other store locations in the Chicago area, the report stated.
Loss prevention provided a bulletin with photographs of the shoppers, compared them to Giwa and her companion, and confirmed they were the same people, the report stated.
Ulta officials then called Geneva police. While police were en route, Giwa put half the items from the cart, $1,570.85, on the counter to pay for them with a credit card, which was approved, reports stated.
Giwa then placed the remaining items in the cart on the counter, an additional $5,835.65, but her credit card was declined, just as police arrived, reports stated.
While Giwa gave police one credit card and said it was declined, the receipt showed credit card digits which did not match, the report stated.
Police searched her purse after obtaining a warrant and found five credit cards with numbers on the back magnetic strip that did not match the account numbers embossed on the fronts of the cards, reports stated.
Giwa was released after posting $1,970 as bail or nearly 10% of the $20,000 bond that was set, court records show.
Giwa faces one to three years in prison on each of the five counts and fines up to $25,000, if convicted. Her next court appearance is Aug. 20.