A New Hampshire man charged in Boston with using the names of former girlfriends to wrack up huge credit card bills has allegedly continued his scam on bail, now targeting women in Alabama and Oklahoma, officials said.
As a result, a Suffolk Superior Court judge on Wednesday raised the bail amount for Michael J. Shields Jr., 26, by an additional $2,500 to $10,000, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement.
Shields’s public defender declined to comment.
The alleged con artist is currently charged in the Hub with 21 counts of credit card fraud, 17 counts of use of a stolen or fraudulently obtained credit card, one count of larceny over $250, and two counts each of larceny over $250 by single scheme, attempting to commit larceny over $250, and intimidation of a witness, Conley’s office said.
Prosecutors say Shields opened more than a dozen credit cards in the names of five women he briefly dated. He allegedly asked for their personal information, saying he wanted to add them as authorized users on his own cards.
Instead, he opened the phony cards with their information and added himself as an authorized user to those accounts, running up more than $350,000 on purchases including meals, vacations, clothing, and jewelry, the statement said.
After his release on bail in October, Shields looked south for new victims, prosecutors allege. He opened cards in the names of women in Alabama and Oklahoma. The two alleged victims “told police they had provided personal identifying information to Shields with the expectation she would be added as an authorized user on Shields’ account,” the statement said.
No new charges have been filed for those alleged schemes, but authorities on Wednesday hauled Shields back into Suffolk Superior Court, where Assistant District Attorney George Barker argued that the Granite State grifter should have his bail revoked.
Instead, Judge Beverly Cannone jacked up the bail and ordered Shields to wear a GPS monitoring device, stay in Massachusetts, and “not open any new credit cards or cause others to open new credit cards while his case is pending,” the statement said.
Shields is due back in court July 31.
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