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Curvy Miami model and beau charged in $2 million ID theft ring in NY

Patricia Perez-Gonzalez, a Miami model, is accused of stealing IDs and buying expensive goods in a New York state criminal case.
Patricia Perez-Gonzalez, a Miami model, is accused of stealing IDs and buying expensive goods in a New York state criminal case.

In the light of day she poses in Daisy Duke shorts and bikinis that barely cover, well, much of anything. Her Twitter account accentuates assets that she clearly wants the world to admire.

And yet, say New York prosecutors, there’s a side of Miami vixen Patricia Perez-Gonzalez, 26, that she didn’t want for public consumption.

Prosecutors say Perez-Gonzalez and boyfriend Alberto Companioni, 31, helped run an elaborate clandestine identity theft racket that netted the couple millions of dollars. A search warrant led investigators to their Miami apartment. Inside: expensive bikes, Rolex watches, pricey handbags and high-end electronic gadgets.

Trips to New York, California and Hawaii were common, says a complaint filed against the couple in New York state court. Shopping sprees took place at extravagantly expensive outlets like Hermès and Louis Vuitton.

The scam wasn’t all that complicated, say authorities: The couple and others used the Internet to steal IDs from mostly senior citizens, ordered 40 new American Express platinum credit cards in the names of their victims, then had the new cards sent to vacant homes where they would later be picked up.

Authorities placed the couple’s haul a bit north of $2 million.

For their trouble: The couple was arraigned in New York State Supreme Court in March on larceny and identity theft charges and are being held on $500,000 bonds. It wasn’t clear Wednesday if the couple had retained an attorney.

“Across the country, the defendants spared no expense while enjoying the use of credit cards opened in their victims’ names and inflicting damage on their credit,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said.

Perez-Gonzalez’s Twitter page is filled with her posing in string bikinis, short-shorts, and other sexy outfits. The New Post reported that Perez-Gonzalez often submitted scantily clad pics of herself to Maxim magazine’s Twitter feed #HotPicAtNoon!

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