Love & Hip Hop Star Karen King Arrested For Identity Fraud [Details]

Rucuss staffMay 26, 2016

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Karen King is in trouble with the law again.

King was arrested early Tuesday for financial identity fraud, theft by taking and first-degree forgery, Fulton County Jail records show. The arrest occurred outside the Level V nightclub in Atlanta.

Police confirmed that it was related to a Aug. 30, 2015 embezzlement incident in Atlanta where King and two another suspects, both Saks employees, bought almost $5,000 worth of merchandise at Saks Fifth Avenue using a stolen credit card.

She presented sales associate Armani Harper with a woman named Diane Wodey’s information, according to the police report. Harper later admitted to police he “knowingly rang sales that were being paid for with fraudulent credit cards and receive (sic) kickbacks.”

The forgery charge is the most serious. It carries a minimum one-year and maximum fifteen-year prison sentence. In addition, the financial identity fraud charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years, along with a fine, and “criminal forfeiture of any personal property used or intended to be used to commit the offense.”

Read the full police report obtained by Rodney Ho of The AJC below. 

Saks Fifth Avenue Asset Protection was notified by the General Office of a Charge back on a Customers Account ( Bianca Fairchild). The Customer Stated there was a charge on her account that she did not authorize. After Further investigation, Associate Armani Harper rang a sale for the client Bianca Fairchild totaling $6,151.68. (Charge actually occurred on 6/3/2015 at 1613 hours.

During the interview process September 4, 2015, Accused Harper stated on August 19th A client called into Saks Fifth Avenue to order a handbag (called a phone send) valued at $5972.40. Saks Asset Protection team advised the accused the bag was being purchased on a fraudulent credit card; and to return the bag back to the stockroom. Be advised Video Surveillance was hidden inside the stock room (Incident captured on video surveillance). Accused placed the bag on another shelve.

8/30/2015 at approximately 1300 hours, another employee Micaela Binlon took the handbag and placed two Chanel wallet averaged $600 each inside the handbag. Accused Harper advised Ms. Micaela Binlon sold the wallet and handbag valued at over $7,500.00 to an unknown male subject; who gave Ms Michaela Binlon $2,400 in cash. Accused Harper advised they split the cash and received $1200 each.

On the same date August 30, 2015 a female by the name of Karen Lynn King entered the store and presented Accused Armani Harper with a d.o.b Social, and name Diane Wodey. Be advised Karen Lynn King and Accused Harper purchased $4,946.52 in merchandise. Accused split the items with Karen Lynn King. Ms. Diane Wodey was contact back Saks Asset Protection and confirmed the victim Diane Wodey doesn’t have a Saks Account. (Incident captured on Video Surveillance).

Accused admitted he knowingly rang sales that were being paid for with fraudulent credit cards and receive kickbacks.

On 10/06/2015, an associate from Chanel handbag was trying to locate a Chanel mini cross body bag valued at $2,700.00. When she could not locate the bag she started asking her co-workers if anyone had seen the bag in question. Another stated that she recalls Accused Armani Harper sold the bag to one of his clients. Asset Protection Manager Chad Harris ran a report to see when the bag was sold, and ran the report for 8 months and there wasn’t any sales of the bag in question. Checked the system and it is showing that SAKS own the bag, however the bag could not be located.

Asset Protection Assistant Manager Quintin Alvarez did advise he could pick Accused Karen Lynn King from a 6 person photo lineup. Accused Binlon has not returned to work due to medical leave but is due to return November 2, 2015. Saks Asset Protection did advise warrants would possibly be secured on Accused Binlon through Fulton County Magistrate court.

I was unsuccessful in locating an original photo array of Accused King. (Jane Doe) Accused Harper was charged with Financial Transaction Card Fraud, Identity Fraud (2 Counts), Computer Forgery, Theft by Taking. Arrest Warrants secured: EW-0157245-EW0157249. Nothing further to report.

King, a new cast member on the VH1 reality series, was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” in 2012 for allegedly beating her son’s father. She was later jailed in 2013 on charges of aggravated assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and other offenses.
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