For Immediate Release - March 20, 2013

Brother of Alleged Leader of Large Criminal Enterprise in Downtown Crossing Arrested for Attempted Use of Fraudulent Credit Card

Brother Arrested at Airport Coming Back From Mexico

BOSTON – The brother of the leader of an extensive criminal enterprise in Downtown Crossing was arrested late Tuesday night at Boston Logan Airport, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Sharon “Aaron” Yousheei, 26 of Brighton, was arrested last night on his way back from Mexico and charged with the attempted use of a fraudulent credit card (2 counts). Yousheei was arraigned this morning at Boston Municipal Court and pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $1,500. Judge Thomas C. Horgan presided over today’s arraignment.

Yousheei and his brother Shahab “David” Yousheei were arrested as a result of a collaborative undercover sting operation by the AG’s Office, the Boston Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police and the United States Secret Service.

David Yousheei was arrested last week in Boston Common after allegedly purchasing counterfeit money. Based at a kiosk at 449 Washington St. in Downtown Crossing, Yousheei allegedly led an extensive identity theft scheme in which he used false identities to open mobile phone accounts, obtain smart phones and other high end electronics at discounted prices available to new account holders, and then sold those goods at higher prices.

In another scheme, he used stolen identities to create credit cards, used those credit cards to purchase gift cards, and ultimately sold merchandise purchased with those gift cards for a profit. He also used the fraudulent credit cards to buy high-end electronics outright. Finally, Yousheei allegedly accepted and bought counterfeit money in furtherance of his schemes.

Anyone who may have purchased merchandise from 449 Washington St. should consider immediately checking their credit for fraudulent activity. In addition, the AG’s Office advises all consumers to request routine free credit reports every year in order to check for fraudulent or inaccurate information that may negatively impact your credit. More information about steps that can be taken to prevent identity theft and safeguard personal information are listed on the AG’s website and in our Guide on Identity Theft located here.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General William Freeman of AG Coakley's Fraud and Financial Crimes Division. It was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police, the United States Secret Service, the Boston Police Department and Senior Financial Investigator Mark Pulli from the AG’s Financial Investigations Division.

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