Three people accused of running up over $50,000 in charges to Albany man’s account
Three people are facing charges for allegedly stealing an Albany resident’s credit card and personal information to run up over $50,000 in charges.
State Police received a report about the theft last month. The investigation determined that Mazene D. Lacy, 43, and Russell Yates, 52, both of Albany, and Robert E. Campbell, 59, of Latham, worked together to steal the victim’s credit card, vehicle ownership papers and identifying documents, State Police said.
That information was used to open multiple credit cards without the victim’s permission in September and October, investigators said.
The stolen credit card was also used numerous times without authorization, police said. The alleged crimes occurred in Albany, Bethlehem, Guilderland and Colonie.
Lacy was located at a dealership in Colonie and arrested. Yates was arrested at a hotel in Latham and he also allegedly had a stolen handgun.
Campbell was arrested at his home in Latham.
Lacy was charged with multiple counts of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, scheme to defraud, conspiracy and petit larceny.
Yates was charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, scheme to defraud and conspiracy.
Campbell was charged with grand larceny, identity theft, scheme to defraud and criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy.
Yates was arraigned in Colonie Town Court and sent to Albany County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail, $30,000 bond or $45,000 partially secured bond.
Lacy was issued an appearance ticket and due in Albany City Court at a later date.
Campbell was issued appearance tickets and due in Bethlehem and Guilderland Town courts on a later date.