The diner where the defendant worked. (Google Maps)
A Brooklyn waitress spent years gaining the trust of a regular customer in order to steal almost $500,000 from the elderly widow, according to an indictment announced today by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. The waitress also allegedly used the woman’s identity to open up multiple lines of credit under the woman’s name.
Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced in a press release that Alicia P. Legall, a 46-year-old woman from Flatlands, Brooklyn, was indicted and charged with grand larceny and identity theft, among other charges, for a years-long scheme that involved winning the trust of an elderly woman and then using that trust for personal gain.
The DA claims Legall befriended a regular customer at a diner where she worked back in 2002. The now-84-year-old woman allegedly gave Legall sensitive personal information such as her birthday, address, Social Security number, and her banking and credit card information over the years. Using this information, Legall allegedly stole $470,000 from the woman in a variety of ways.
Legall allegedly stole over $200,000 from the woman by cashing 75 checks she wrote to herself or out to “cash,” while forging the woman’s signature on her checks. In addition, while prosecutors say the widow gave Legall permission to make small purchases at local stores using her credit card, Legall allegedly charged $277,789 to her Citibank card, including almost $75,000 in cash advances and over $200,000 in goods from Apple, Victoria’s Secret and JetBlue, and charges at Harrah’s in Atlantic City and the Belmont Racetrack.
Finally, Legall was accused of stealing the woman’s identity by opening lines of credit in the woman’s name and creating profiles on horse betting websites using the woman’s Social Security number and Mastercard, but under her own email and phone number.
“This defendant allegedly took advantage of an elderly and vulnerable widow,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “She spent many years gaining the victim’s trust only to betray it. We will now seek to hold her accountable for this serious offense.”
Legall will return to court on December 6th this year and is currently being held on $2.5 million bail. If found guilty on the grand larceny charge, she faces between 5 and 15 years in prison. Legall’s attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.