Man steals Demi Moore's credit card, spends over $169,000 before being arrested

Demi Moore's American Express card was used during the month of March at various online retailers as well as a number of shops in Los Angeles


                            Man steals Demi Moore's credit card, spends over $169,000 before being arrested

Demi Moore has now fallen victim to a credit card fraud. A man by the name of David Matthew Read has been accused of allegedly using the 55-year-old's credit card at various retail shops and has spent over $169,000. Read used Moore's American Express card during the month of March at various online retailers as well as a number of shops in Los Angeles and ended up spending somewhere around $169,000. 

Us Weekly reported that Read was caught on camera at a surveillance video at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores located in Southern California. It also captured him making purchases at “the times and places where the fraudulent transactions occurred,” which has eventually led him to be considered as the main suspect in the matter.

Demi Moore attends New York Premiere of Sony's ROUGH NIGHT presented by SVEDKA Vodka at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SVEDKA Vodka)
Demi Moore attends New York Premiere of Sony's ROUGH NIGHT presented by SVEDKA Vodka at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SVEDKA Vodka)

The police report also claims that Read confessed to special agent Alfredo Rossi where he “admitted to obtaining DM’s credit card without authorization and fraudulently using it to make purchases at stores.” The credit card was reportedly said to be missing somewhere around March 2. It was then said that Read picked up the replacement card himself which had been delivered through FedEx in Santa Monica.

As per Moore, as well as her personal assistant, none of them had even requested for a new card in place of the older one. Once the fraud was out in the open, Read was arrested outside of a storage unit which he had been renting since April and, according to the publication, he still remains in jail.

Moore is not the only celebrity to have suffered from a case of credit card theft. In the past, 50 Cent and Carmelo Anthony too had their card numbers stolen, and the assailants at the time spent more than $500,000 at Vespas, Tiffany & Co., etc. 

Demi Moore attends 'Good Time' New York Premiere at SVA Theater on August 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Demi Moore attends 'Good Time' New York Premiere at SVA Theater on August 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

However, Moore doesn't seem too fazed by the credit card fraud that she's just suffered from, since the actress has just been set to co-star in Corporate Animals, alongside Jessica Williams and Ed Helms, Deadline reports.

Moore will play the character of Lucy on screen, the egotistical CEO of Incredible Edible Cutlery, America’s premier provider of edible cutlery. Moore's character in the film orders her staff to attend a corporate team-building caving weekend in New Mexico, but disaster strikes the team, which leaves them trapped underground.

In order to save themselves and escape their precarious conditions, the entire team needs to survive amidst sexual tension, startling business revelations, and casual cannibalism, showcasing all the elements of team building adversity at the same time.

Demi Moore attends the 'Blind' premiere at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Demi Moore attends the 'Blind' premiere at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

As per the publication's reports, Karan Soni, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Calum Worthy, Dan Bakkedahl, Martha Kelly, Jennifer Kim, and Nasim Pedrad round out the cast. The movie is set to begin shooting on location in New Mexico this week. Moore has taken over the role of the protagonist in the movie after the filmmakers had originnay considered Sharon Stone, who later backed out due to scheduling reasons.

The New Mexico Film Office says work on 'Corporate Animals' will run through early July in Santa Fe and Abiquiu. The independent film will employ about 100 local crew members, two New Mexico actors and about 60 extras, reports The Associated Press.

Actress Demi Moore visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NBC)
Actress Demi Moore visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for NBC)

Apart from her new role in the upcoming comedy, Moore has also been busy being a guide to one of her closest friends, actor Brad Pitt ever since he filed for divorce from his now ex-wife, Angelina Jolie. It may come as a surprise but the actor has turned to Demi Moore for some guidance. 

Moore has been helping him with various spiritual practices, including yoga and Kabbalah. A source said, "Brad was looking for something to raise his spirits. Demi suggested Kabbalah could be the answer. She reached out to Brad and started him on "intimate" yoga sessions to help him stay sober and help him channel his energy into something helpful."

Although Pitt and Moore dated briefly in 1998, they've remained friends since then. "They've been friends for decades. But now they have a bond they've never shared before. Demi has a lot of influence on Brad. He's become a lot calmer and more energetic because of it," the source added. 

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore attend the Charity Gala at The Ritz-Carlton on October 30, 2010 in Moscow, Russia. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were accessorized by Cartier, one of the sponsors of the charity gala. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore attend the Charity Gala at The Ritz-Carlton on October 30, 2010 in Moscow, Russia. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were accessorized by Cartier, one of the sponsors of the charity gala. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)

As for news of Pitt and Jolie's divorce settlements, it was recently revealed that the couple's eldest son, Maddox, would not be required to meet his father amid all the custody drama that has been unfolding since the past few months.

It was previously reported that the court order that allows Pitt to spend time with his kids has exempted Maddox since the authorities believe that he is old enough to make his own decision regarding meeting with his father. A judge involved in the couple's divorce proceedings shared with People magazine that the court papers state it’s “critical” for each of their kids to have a “healthy and strong relationship with their father” and that Jolie could actually lose full custody of her kids if they are not allowed to properly bond with their father. 

Co-Producer Brad Pitt attends 'Okja' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on June 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix)
Co-Producer Brad Pitt attends 'Okja' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on June 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix)

In the court's detailed plan for Pitt's visit with his children, they have also mentioned exactly the number of hours he is allowed to have with them daily. However, the plan doesn't apply to their eldest child, Maddox since he is old enough to decide how much time he wants to spend with his father.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's 'Maleficent' are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's 'Maleficent' are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

The other five children, however, are still going to have to abide by the plan. “If the minor children remain closed down to their father and depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition, it may result in a reduction of the time they spend with [Jolie] and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to [Pitt],” read the documents.