NEW YORK — The owner of the Web site LuxeConcierge.com, Steffania Mason, is being held by the New York Police Department awaiting arraignment on charges including grand larceny, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
As reported, LuxeConcierge.com was abruptly dropped last week as a sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, following complaints from other sponsors that the site was disreputable.
The district attorney’s spokeswoman said Mason had been arrested in Queens on Wednesday and would face charges of grand larceny in the second and third degree, as well as unlawful possession of personal identification information. She could face up to 15 years in prison, the spokeswoman said.
Mason’s attorney, Douglas Rankin, said Friday, “At this point, there is nothing I can confirm or deny.”
There was no answer at a contact number listed on the Web site Friday. An outside spokeswoman for the site did not return calls.
According to a law enforcement source, Mason ran up $80,000 in unauthorized charges on the credit card of a former customer in June and July. The customer, whom the source did not identify, on June 10 had provided a Citibank Mastercard to the site to pay for limousine rides for people attending the American Black Film Festival in Miami. The customer, who lived in Virginia, authorized a $5,000 charge for that service.
Following that, between June 13 and 17, a corporate account associated with Mason racked up another $10,000 in charges at the limousine company. Then, between June 17 and July 1, it ran up a further $70,000 in charges, for approximately 200 limo rides, the law enforcement source said.
The limousine company reimbursed Citibank for the initial $10,000 in inappropriate charges, but not for the additional $70,000.
According to the law enforcement source, Mason is 31 years old and lives in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene section.
The LuxeConcierge.com Web site described itself as “a full service concierge, travel, and personal assistance firm,” with the ability to arrange everything from yacht charters to securing seats for sold-out sporting events.