I can’t even do so much as buy a pack of gum at a CVS one neighborhood over without the Visa powers-at-be calling me multiple times to make sure that wasn’t a fraudulent charge on my prepaid Visa Vanilla with a $10 limit. I’m kidding, it’s a $20 limit. Because of that, I’m taking this story with a heavy dose of side-eye, but I guess someone got ahold of Demi Moore’s American Express, and the security team at AmEx took the month off because they managed to rack up over $169,000 in charges over several weeks at places like Saks Fifth Avenue before getting caught. Winona Ryder, what’s your alibi, girl?
TMZ says the feds got involved since this credit card fraud case went well over $100K. The alleged thief, David Matthew Read, pulled a sneak move by reporting Demi’s card got lost or stolen sometime in March. AmEx sent a new one to Demi via FedEx, and David somehow managed to intercept it. David went on a major bout of retail therapy by hitting up Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue in Los Angeles and finally ran a tab of just under $170,000 in a few weeks.
I guess the feds were playing a long-form round of Candid Camera because it’s reported they have surveillance of him at the FedEx and inside all the stores where he swiped Demi’s card leading up to them nailing him in April. I’m a little surprised it took them that long to catch the guy considering any half-witted cashier should have looked at David, looked at the name on the card, and been like, “Well, you certainly weren’t in Striptease.” David’s now behind bars, but if there’s one thing that should let him sleep well, it’s that even with a tighter return policy, Nordstrom would probably still issue him a refund in the form of prison commissary credit on whatever shit he bought.