« Vessel down, 3 dead | Main | Twins minor leaguer suspended »

Credit Card Scam

Thirteen people were indicted Friday on charges stemming from their roles in credit card fraud, which exceeded $3 million.

Waiters from about 40 restaurants, including locations in New York, Florida, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Connecticut, recorded customers’ credit card information and then passed it on to people who used the information to purchase $3 million of illegal purchases, MSNBC.com reported.

In what seems to be a ring of teamwork, according to MSNBC.com, some members stole the customers’ information, some made counterfeit cards and others shopped for the merchandise.

12 of the 13 people indicted are in custody, expected to be arraigned Monday, CNN.com reported. All are being charged with fourth-degree conspiracy and seven are being charged with second-degree grand larceny.

When police found the man behind the scheme Wednesday, they found 296 fake credit cards, $200,000 in cash, Rolex watches and expensive handbags.

According to reports, some of the leaders recruited waiters and provided them with a device that read and recorded information on the magnetic strips of credit cards. The leaders collected the small devices and paid waiters $35 to $50 for information per credit card.

The scam had been apparently going on since November 2005.

The AP wrote this story, so there were no major differences in reporting or writing the story.