Teen social media star charged with identity theft of LI woman

Kimberly Dole
June 21, 2019 - 4:52 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A social media star from California was charged on Friday with stealing the identity of a Suffolk County woman and using it to pay for a trip to Hawaii and to buy thousands of dollars worth of high-end designer handbags.

Christian Aaron, 19, pleaded not guilty to an indictment with charges including two counts of first-degree identity theft, third-degree grand larceny and other crimes.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Ambro ordered Aaron held on bail of $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Lightstone said that last December, Aaron and an unnamed co-defendant got the victim's American Express account information and had replacement cards in her name sent to them.

Aaron used the American Express account to buy plane tickets to Hawaii and to stay at the Aulani Disney resort there, Lightstone said.

He opened a second American Express account in her name were approximately $19,000 worth of handbags by Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and others brand were purchased Lightsone said.

She also added that Aaron also impersonated the woman on recorded phone calls to American Express and planned to buy more handbags in stores using the account, but backed out of it, Lighstone said

Defense attorney Mark Muccigrosso of Manhattan said his client intends to fight the charges and hopes to post bail soon.

Aaron has over 184,000 followers on Instagram and almost 43,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel.

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