Charges: Man Posed As McDonald’s Compliance Officer, Used Fake Credit Card

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 47-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of posing as a McDonald’s compliance officer to gain access to secure areas in stores and using a fake credit card for a rental car and hotel, according to charges filed Wednesday in Hennepin County Court.

David Scott Goldstein was charged with financial transaction card fraud, use of a forged card, earlier this month in connection with the incident.

According to the charges, Bloomington police were contacted on Feb. 1 by McDonald’s Corporate Security about a man later identified as Goldstein. He had been impersonating a McDonald’s compliance officer to gain access to secure areas and documents at stores across the Midwest. Corporate Security had learned that he was in Bloomington and had been at one of the stores in the city that day.

The complaint states officers found his vehicle the next day and pulled him over. Goldstein didn’t have a driver’s license and was taken into custody. In a search of his vehicle, officers found paperwork with McDonald’s identifications and information that corresponded with his name. They also found receipts for the car rental and a hotel stay at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hennepin County.

According to the complaint, Goldstein paid for the car and hotel room, a total of $974.43, with a Net Spend account. An investigation showed the card and number had never been issued. The Courtyard hotel sustained a loss because the card was invalid.

Goldstein is in custody and has warrants for similar incidents in two other states. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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