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Mass. college student bought Tesla, went to Hawaii on stolen credit card, officials say 3/10/2023 Heather Morrison,

Officials claim a college student in Massachusetts spent $500,000 on a stolen credit card, buying a Tesla and a trip to Hawaii.

Ariel Foster, 19, of Boston, was charged with larceny over $1,200, according to the Burlington Police Department.

The police department said the 19-year-old had “made several high-priced transactions” between Feb. 2 and Feb. 22. Some of those purchases included $35,000 for a Tesla, almost $6,000 to Delta Airlines, more than $20,000 to a hotel in Maui, Hawaii and almost $5,000 in Louis Vuitton purchases. Overall, there were eight transactions equalling $547,187, officials said.

On Feb. 22, Burlington Police detectives were called to Lovisa, a jewelry store in the Burlington Mall where Foster was an employee, regarding a report of a credit card machine breach.

During their investigation, officials discovered that three times in February, items were scanned at the register with an increased price. Then, officials claim, the item was refunded to a credit card belonging to Foster.

Foster was arrested at her Lasell University dorm in Newton Wednesday. She is expected to be arraigned Friday at Woburn District Court.

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