NEW PORT RICHEY — In a month's time, a 46-year-old man spent $1,699 at a pizza restaurant using stolen credit card information, authorities said, and he didn't stop there.
This week, after a three-month investigation, New Port Richey police arrested Alphonse Leopardi at his home at 6430 Polk St., charging him with scheme to defraud. According to an arrest report, Leopardi stole an acquaintance's credit card information and used it to pay his and other people's utility bills, and order from Sal's Pizza on Massachusetts Avenue.
In all, he spent about $3,870 from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, the report said.
Sal's Pizza called police in January, after Leopardi's 23 transactions didn't go through. A detective started an investigation in April and, according to the report, met with witnesses Tuesday who said Leopardi bragged about using the card's information to "purchase Sal's Pizza and pay bills for other people."
Leopardi told police he didn't take the credit card information and denied signing for any food, saying the card's owner knew about all the transactions.
After police found synthetic marijuana in his front pocket, the report said, Leopardi was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was being held in a Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday, in lieu of $12,000 bail.