Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty in $172,000 Gift Card Scam


A Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to using counterfeit credit cards to buy more than $172,000 worth of gift cards from Target and Wal-Mart stores in Rhode Island.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Yvener Jean-Baptiste pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence to one count each of credit card fraud and identity theft.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Jean-Baptiste admitted he and others bought the cards at stores in Lincoln and Warwick in November. He would sell them to someone in New York, typically for 25 percent of face value.

Jean-Baptiste was arrested Nov. 30 after he returned to a Target store in Lincoln. A store employee recognized his car as having been used the previous day by people who bought $75,894.01 worth of gift cards with counterfeit credit cards.