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Prosecutors: Jersey City Man Accused Of Credit Card Fraud

Lasean Harps mug shot (credit: New Jersey Attorney General's Office)

Lasean Harps mug shot (credit: New Jersey Attorney General’s Office)

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - A Jersey City man has been arrested for allegedly racking up a high bill with a credit card that was fraudulently obtained, state authorities announced Monday.

Lasean Harps, 37, was arrested on Friday on charges of second-degree theft by deception, second-degree impersonation and theft of identity, and third-degree fraudulent use of a credit card, New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced.

Harps is accused of making $85,000 worth of unauthorized purchases since September, authorities said.

“Mr. Harps allegedly racked up tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise on what he believed would be someone else’s dime,” said Chiesa. “The charges brought today by the Division of Criminal Justice are the first step in making sure that this defendant is brought to justice and held accountable for his alleged crime.”

Prosecutors said Harps used the fraudulently obtained Chase Visa card at dozens of locations across the state.

Chiesa also said that Harps’ girlfriend Courtney Wilson, 31, also of Jersey City, has been charged for allegedly hindering the investigation into the case.

Harps, who authorities said also went by the aliases Antoine Taylor, Mark Mobley, Sean Harps, Sean Carter and Sean Harris, could face up to a decade in state prison for each second-degree crime and a hefty fine if convicted.

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