Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Brooklyn Man Who Preyed On Vulnerable Victims At A Manhattan Bar
Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”),announced today the unsealing of a complaint charging WILLIE WHITEwith access device fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme that targeted vulnerable young men and women whom he met at a bar in Manhattan. As alleged, WHITE identified intoxicated victims he met at the bar, and then took them to an apartment in Brooklyn where he forced them to inhale a controlled substance that appeared to be crack cocaine. WHITE took the victims’ credit and debit card information and made unauthorized purchases for his own benefit. WHITEwas arrested this morning and will be presented later today in federal court in Manhattan.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “Willie White allegedly took advantage of intoxicated men and women at a Manhattan bar by taking them to another location and then further incapacitated them by forcing them to take drugs. White then allegedly stole their debit and credit cards and made unauthorized purchases. We thank the NYPD for their work in putting a stop to White’s crimes.”
According to the allegations in the Complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court:
Between April and May of 2017, WHITE stole or otherwise improperly obtained the credit or debit cards of individuals whom he met in a Manhattan bar, and then used the stolen bank information to make purchases and cash withdrawals without the authorization or consent of the victims. In connection with the scheme, WHITE took at least two victims to an apartment in Brooklyn, where he forced the victims to ingest what they believed to be crack cocaine. While the victims were under the influence of the controlled substance, WHITE used the victims’ credit and debit cards to make purchases of clothing, shoes, and cash withdrawals without the victims’ knowledge or consent. WHITE detained the victims without their consent for hours, and in one case for over a day, while engaged in shopping sprees at the victims’ expense.
WHITE, 46, of Brooklyn, New York, is charged with one count of access device fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, and one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison that must be imposed consecutively to any other sentence.The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Acting U.S. Attorney Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York City Police Department, particularly Detective John McAuliffe and Detective Gregg Licari.
If you believe you were a victim of this crime, including a victim entitled to restitution, and you wish to provide information to law enforcement and/or receive notice of future developments in the case or additional information, please contact Wendy Olsen-Clancy, the Victim Witness Coordinator at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, at (866) 874-8900, or Wendy.Olsen@usdoj.gov
The charge contained in the Complaint is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.