More than two dozen current and former waiters and their associates from some of the New York City's top steakhouses have been arrested for allegedly stealing credit card numbers from wealthy customers.
According to NBC New York, several suspects are from top city restaurants like Smith and Wollensky, Capital Grille and Wolfgang Steak, as well as Morton’s in Stamford and the Bicycle Club in New Jersey.
The alleged scam targeted customers who often paid with American Express Black cards and other high-limit credit cards.
Law enforcement sources said some restaurant workers used handheld scanners to copy the credit card information as they walked away to process the bill. The info would be sent to leaders of the alleged fraud ring, who would forge new credit cards with the stolen information and test them out on taxis.
If the cards worked, the suspects would go on shopping sprees, buying up expensive Chanel goods and Jimmy Choo shoes. The thieves would then re-sell the luxury brand items for cash.
Managers at various restaurants declined comment. Police say management is not suspected of taking part in the alleged crime.