Police recently arrested a foreign national they charge with targeting high-end jewelry stores to buy expensive Rolex watches with fraudulent credit cards.
Both Stamford and Darien police have charged Kum Po Ng, 56, of 33 Bible St., Stamford, in the alleged scheme. Ng is in the United States on a visa as a Malaysian national. Darien police gave this account of the matter:
On Jan. 13, Darien police received an informational flyer from Stamford police which asked for information on an Asian man wanted for credit card fraud. The flyer included a picture of the man, who, according to Stamford police, had been fraudulently using credit cards to buy expensive Rolex watches from high-end jewelry stores.
A Darien police detective then went to David Harvey Jewelers at 995 Post Rd. to make the store aware of the man, and a store manager told them the subject had been in the store the previous October, trying to buy a $7,500 Rolex.
The suspect had produced a Citi Business Visa Card and had been asked for a driver's license to confirm his identification. The man replied that he had left his license in his car and would go out to get it. Then he never returned.
But he left the credit card. The store also still had a video-surveillance recording of the man, who was identified as the same person in the Stamford flyer.
Stamford police later arrested Ng and held him on a $200,000 bond, although Ng is the subject of a detainer from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which prevents him from posting bond.
Darien police then applied for and, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, received an arrest warrant charging Ng with illegal use of a credit card and criminal attempt to commit third-degree larceny.
His Darien bond was initially set at $100,000 bond and he was arraigned on the Darien charges Friday in state Superior Court in Stamford.