Credit card fraud is a major issue—even for celebrities. Entertainment Tonight reports that a man named David Matthew Read is currently in jail after acquiring one of Empire star Demi Moore’s credit cards and racking up a ton of charges before he was caught.
ET obtained criminal court documents for the case. The documents claimed that Read stole Moore’s card between March 8, 2018 and March 27, 2018. He allegedly spent more than $169,764 at stores in and around Los Angeles, including Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Surveillance video allegedly showed Read making these purchases at the same dates, times, and locations that Moore’s card was used without her knowledge.
How did it happen? According to the documents obtained by ET, Moore’s personal assistant called the credit company to report the charges as fraudulent. During the call, the employee reviewing the charges discovered that someone had reported Moore’s card missing and requested a new one. “D.M.’s personal assistant stated that neither she nor D.M. made this report or request,” the document reads.
Yikes. Considering that most credit card companies ask for specific personal information when requests like that are made, Read must have been pretty convincing if he was the one to call and request a new card. People reports that Read told special agent Alfredo Rossi that the card was delivered to a FedEx store, where he picked it up. Surveillance footage matched his account.
ET reports that he was arrested on April 5 outside of a storage unit he rented in Hollywood. Later that day, according to the court documents, “Read admitted to obtaining D.M.’s credit card without authorization and fraudulently using it to make purchases at stores.”
The moral of this story seems simple: no matter how badly you want to spend a star’s money, it probably won’t be worth it in the end.