A New York Police Department officer has been indicted for stealing a dead man's credit card and using it to buy herself a $3,200 diamond ring from Zales, according to prosecutors via the New York Daily News.
The theft happened almost one year ago, in July, when Officer Ymmacula Pierre was called to perform a "wellness check" on a 65-year-old man after he did not show up for work. The man had known health issues.
When Pierre arrived at his apartment, she found that the man had already passed away. According to prosecutors, she then "used the dead man's Samsung Galaxy phone to contact one of his relatives and vouchered some of his property," including his credit card.
The Manhattan District Attorney's office was informed when that same credit card was used to purchase a $3,200 diamond ring from Zales. The order was made from a computer belonging to Pierre's boyfriend, and was scheduled to be delivered to Pierre's apartment—although the DA's office was able to stop the shipment.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance has spoken out against the incident: "No grieving relative should have to worry about alleged theft and misconduct by a uniformed officer in the aftermath of a loved one's passing," he said.
Pierre was indicted on three separate charges: criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft, and official misconduct. She pled not guilty and was released today without bail.