A Glendale florist and his wife pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple charges for allegedly stealing bank information from their customers to buy Visa gift cards at Target stores that they later redeemed at their own store, officials said.
Vahik Ghookasian and his wife, Hilda, both 60, face 14 felony counts of identity theft for allegedly buying $1,900 in Visa gift cards at Target stores in Glendale and Burbank with account information from two Glendale residents who patronized Daisy Florist, on the 1400 block of Glenoaks Boulevard, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.
The couple is being held in lieu of $700,000 bail, police officials said. They are expected to appear Wednesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Glendale for a bail bond hearing.
Authorities refrained from pursuing charges against the couple’s son, Peter Ghookasian — who allegedly had dozens of re-encoded gift cards attached to notes with a handwritten three-digit PIN number in his car — because they planned to conduct a follow up investigation, Glendale Police Det. Ralph Garcia said.