BOSTON — A Boston man has pleaded not guilty in what prosecutors say was an extensive scheme to use fake credit cards and identities to buy smartphones and high-end electronics for resale.
Thirty-six-year-old Shahab “David” Yousheei was arraigned Friday in Boston Municipal Court on charges including identity theft, credit card fraud and possession of counterfeit money. A judge set bail at $60,000
Attorney General Martha Coakley said Yousheei operated a shop in Downtown Crossing and led a group that used stolen identities to open new mobile phone accounts and buy discounted smartphones and high-end electronics. The items were re-sold for higher prices. They also allegedly used fake credit cards and counterfeit money.
Yousheei was arrested Thursday after what Coakley said was an undercover sting by state police and the U.S. Secret Service.