N.Y. Waiters Charged in Credit Card Theft


NEW YORK — A group of waiters at upscale New York steakhouses are among 28 people charged in a stolen credit-card information ring, which resulted in millions in illicit purchases, reports The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

According to the report, waiters used small electronic devices to record information just before customers were charged for their meals. The ring forged duplicate cards that were used to buy merchandise and steal cash from bank accounts.

Customer information was taken from patrons at Smith & Wollensky’s, the Capital Grille, JoJo and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Manhattan, Morton’s restaurant in Stamford, Conn., and the Bicycle Club in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

At least 50 American Express card holders were affected by the scam, which began in April 2010.

For the complete WSJ report, visit wsj.com.

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