Monsey businessman wanted in Utah on fraud charges
Utah prosecutors say Zohar Cohen faces financial fraud charges involving the theft of $46,638 on a credit card.
A Monsey businessman is wanted by Utah authorities in a fraud case involving illegal credit card spending in the name of a manager of his ski lodge, according to police and a criminal complaint.
Zohar Abikzer Cohen, 27, who lived on Dolson Road, is wanted on an arrest warrant obtained by the Iron County Attorney's Office, which is looking to prosecute Cohen on charges that include counts of unlawful acquisition of a financial card, unlawful use of a financial card and second-degree identity fraud.
Cohen, who bought a ski lodge called the Grand Lodge in Brian Head, Utah, on Feb. 15, 2015, is accused of using its manager Mitch Hatch's personal information to obtain a credit card and charge $46,636 in Hatch's name, according to a criminal complaint signed by Officer Dan Guymon of the Brian Head Marshal's Office.
The criminal complaint obtained by The Journal News from a Utah court states Cohen allegedly told Hatch he needed the manager's personal information to satisfy Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Cohen and Hatch were flying on Cohen's private plan to Arkansas in July 2015. Hatch then gave Cohen his social security number, date of birth and other personal information.
In August 2015, an American Express credit card representative asked Hatch how he planned on repaying the $46,636 in charges after reviewing his salary.
“It was further learned that 18 credit cards were issued and linked to this one account,” Sgt. Dan Guymon of the Brian Head Marshal’s said in a statement to The Spectrum newspaper in Utah, part of the USA Today Network along with The Journal News.
The complaint states that Cohen denied any fraud and insisted he and Hatch applied for the credit card together over the phone. American Express had no record of that application, and Hatch said he never gave Cohen permission to use his personal information to obtain a credit card, according to the complaint.
Cohen could not be reached for comment on Friday; his cell phone indicated its mailbox was full. But Cohen he denied the charges to The Spectrum and claimed that he was unaware of the warrant. He said his lawyers were working on how to address the criminal charges.
Brian Head Deputy Jared Burton said investigators believe Cohen had left the community and returned to New York.
A New York bankruptcy action involving a Braffits Mountain property in Utah states Cohen lives on Dolson Road in Monsey.
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