NYC indicts 13 for $3M in card skimming at eateries

NEW YORK —Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has disclosed the indictments of 13 people for alleged conspiracy in making more than $3 million in illicit purchases through the fraudulent electronic “skimming” of customers’ credit cards.

The fraud involved waiters in Asian restaurants in the metropolitan New York area and Florida, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Connecticut. The restaurants were not named, but Chinatown, Brooklyn, Westchester and Long Island were identified as the New York areas involved. —Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has disclosed the indictments of 13 people for alleged conspiracy in making more than $3 million in illicit purchases through the fraudulent electronic “skimming” of customers’ credit cards.

In an April 20 statement, Morgenthau’s office said its 10-month identity theft investigation had determined that the fraud ring operated from November 2005 until mid-April, and involved the making of fake charge cards and sales for cash of goods purchased illegally through the cards’ use in 10 states nationwide. —Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has disclosed the indictments of 13 people for alleged conspiracy in making more than $3 million in illicit purchases through the fraudulent electronic “skimming” of customers’ credit cards.

The defendants, 12 of whom have been arrested, face possible prison sentences of four to 19 years. —Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has disclosed the indictments of 13 people for alleged conspiracy in making more than $3 million in illicit purchases through the fraudulent electronic “skimming” of customers’ credit cards.