- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say an identity theft ring used stolen Social Security numbers and dates of birth to steal $430,000 worth of designer shoes and handbags at New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue store and sell them on the black market.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said Wednesday ringleader Tamara Williams has pleaded guilty to grand larceny, identity theft and scheming to defraud.

Prosecutors say between April and August of 2014 Williams provided the personal identifying information of more than 20 Saks credit card holders to accomplices who worked at the store’s Manhattan flagship location.

The employees used the stolen information to buy luxury goods from designers including Chanel and Ferragamo. The merchandise was then sold on the black market.

Four of Williams’ co-defendants previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison.

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