|A bikini model busted with her boyfriend for racking up $2 million in fraudulent charges took a plea deal and blamed her brush with the law on his bad influence. Patricia Perez-Gonzalez, 26, said that she’d broken it off with Alberto Companioni, 31. |
The two were charged with opening more than 40 American Express Platinum cards using their victims’ stolen personal information to bankroll lavish trips to California and New York and luxury shopping sprees. The dental hygiene student copped to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court in exchange for no jail time. Her criminal record could get her thrown out of the country. Companioni didn’t git off as easy. He pleaded guilty to grand larceny and identity theft and was promised 2 to 6 years when he’s sentenced.
He will forfeit stolen items, including a Rolex, cash, bicycles and electronics.
Patricia Perez-Gonzalez and Alberto Companioni.
|A bikini model and her boyfriend, accused of operating an identity theft ring that racked up $2.6 million in fraudulent charges to bankroll their lavish lifestyle, looked prison drab when they appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court. The glamorous Miami couple appeared nothing like they did on Twitter as they glumly sat at the defense table in frumpy jail-issue uniforms.|
Perez-Gonzalez, who wore no makeup, had her pimples on full display.
The lovebirds are each being held on $500,000 bond at separate facilities.