Zhaosen Zhang, 22, an international student from China, was charged Thursday with felony counts of grand theft and identity theft.
The University of Miami, a private university in Coral Gables, is not cheap. The school estimatesthat for the 2019-2020 academic year, tuition will cost a little over $50,000 for an undergrad student. On-campus housing, books, meal plans and other fees can add another $20,000 in expenses.
A woman called UM when Zhang, in October, used her credit-card number to pay $6,527.62 in tuition, according to an arrest warrant. She did not know Zhang and never authorized him to use her account.
The school began reviewing Zhang’s payment history and noted he had tried to use credit accounts in someone else’s name to pay for tuition four times, but the banks had rejected the attempts, according to an arrest warrant. He succeeded in using a stolen card on one other occasion, according to a warrant prepared by UM Police Detective Thomas Carrigan and cyber-crimes prosecutor Stewart Hedrick.
The school reported the suspicious credit-card use to University of Miami police, who arrested Zhang on Thursday morning at his off-campus apartment. He remained jailed Thursday afternoon.