District food servers charged in theft of patrons’ credit card numbers

Josh White reports:

Three servers at the Cheesecake Factory restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue in the District allegedly stole credit card numbers from patrons as part of a scheme that racked up more than $117,000 in fraudulent charges between 2008 and last year, authorities say.

Investigators with the U.S. Secret Service allege the servers were working for a larger fraud ring and were using electronic devices to “skim” the credit card numbers of customers they served at the restaurant. The devices were handed off to others, and the stolen numbers were used to make fake credit cards and later used to buy gift cards and merchandise in the Washington area, according to court records in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Read more in the Washington Post.

Thanks to Brian Honan for this lead.

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  1. Golde - May 24, 2010

    Another restaurant. Hummmmmmm. Working for a larger fraud ring. Are some of the restaurant breaches related?

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