MALONE — A Malone woman was arrested Thursday as part of a state police investigation into credit card fraud committed by a Burke man.
Lee King, 50, of Malone, was charged with two counts of identity theft 1st degree, one count of identity theft 2nd degree, and one count of scheme to defraud and conspiracy each, according to a press release from the state police, which said the arrest is connected to the arrest of John Berkman, 50, of Burke, on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
According to the press release, King was arraigned by Bombay Town Court and released on her own recognizance, and she is scheduled to appear in Burke Town Court at a later date.
King’s arrest was the result of an investigation into Berkman, following a report of credit card fraud in December 2020, according to the press release.
An earlier press release from the state police on Berkman’s arrest indicates Berkman used the victim’s identity to open several credit cards and accounts, and proceeded to use them to make purchases totaling over $37,000.
The initial press release states Berkman is employed as a Correction Lieutenant for the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Berkman was charged with eight counts of identity theft 1st degree, seven counts of identity theft 2nd degree, one count of identity theft 3rd degree, in addition to one count of conspiracy and scheme to defraud each, according to the press release.
Berkman was arraigned by Malone Town Court, according to the press release, and is scheduled to appear in Burke Town Court at a later date.
The case remains under investigation by the state police.