Arthur Moreira had better get a NY criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. If reports are correct, he is facing felony charges relating to Grand Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. According to press reports, the stage manager for “Lipstick Jungle” had sticky fingers and made off with 16 bags and coats from designers such as Prada, Gucci, Fendi and Dolce & Gabban. The value of the property is in excess of $30,000.
Mr. Moreira was arrested yesterday and is being arraigned today in Kings county (Brooklyn) Criminal Court. According to the media, an individual noticed one of the bags used for a prop on “Lipstick Jungle” being sold online. It is alleged that this individual contacted law enforcement and undercover officers purchased a Toledano bag for $500. Shortly thereafter, the officers purchased a Burberry coat for $1,400. These items, allegedly being sold well below their retail value, had, according to Mr. Moreira, “fallen off the truck.”
Although I have not seen the complaint, Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree as well as Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 3rd Degree would appear to be the charges where the theft is alleged to be in excess of $3,000, but less than $50,000. These crimes are punishable by up to seven years in state prison. With representation from an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney, Mr. Moreira should come nowhere near that potential sentence.