Former Vice President Joe Biden’s niece dodged jail time on Thursday after receiving only two years probation when she admitted to committing $110,000 in credit card fraud at a New York City store.
Thirty-one-year old Caroline Biden, who reportedly has had a history of alcohol and substance abuse, told Justice Curtis Farber of the Manhattan Supreme Court that she was sorry on Thursday. Biden insisted she had “made amends” and would not make the same mistakes again. “I not only acknowledge my conduct and take responsibility but deeply regret the harm caused,” she stated, as reported by the New York Post. “I can assure you that I have made amends, full restitution, completed community service, and that nothing like this will ever happen again,” she said.
The charges stem from an unauthorized shopping spree at a Greenwich Village pharmacy where she racked up over $100,000 on someone else’s credit card. According to the New York Post, Biden was busted in 2017 after using the victim’s Chase card over the course of a year at Bigelow’s pharmacy, where the majority of her purchase was for face creams that cost hundred of dollars per container.
According to prosecutors, Biden was given permission by the victim to make a single purchase totaling $672, but she used the card to open a customer account at the Manhattan pharmacy without the card holder’s consent and racked up an additional $109,328 over the course of a year!!
This was not Biden’s first run in with the law, however. In 2013, she was charged with hitting a police officer during a dispute with her roommate over rent. She got treatment for her anger issues, and the resisting-arrest case was dismissed, according to Fox News.
As the Post noted, when police arrested her in May of 2017, she became enraged and acted as if she was above the law: “I shouldn’t be handcuffed!” she screamed to police in 2017. “You don’t know who you’re doing this to!”
She was charged with both grand and petit larceny, but it’s been suggested by many that the family name and stature played a huge roll in the court’s leniency with the case. Proving once again, that it’s not about what you know, but WHO you know.
In June 2017, Caroline Biden pleaded guilty, but as part of the plea deal the felony charge was dropped, and instead she pleaded guilty to petit larceny (a form of larceny that includes the stealing of another’s personal property in which the value of the property taken is generally less than $50). The plea deal also stated Biden would only avoid imprisonment if she repaid the money, was put on probation for two years, and worked 10 days of community service. She completed the 10 days of community service agreed to in the plea deal at a children’s hospital and repaid $110,810.04 in restitution.
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