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Posted: 11/18/2011 1:19:57 PM EDT


Prosecutors: Syndicate involved network of workers at six high-end restaurants
BY MELISSA GRACE & CORKY SIEMASZKO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Originally Published: Friday, November 18 2011, 1:01 PM
Updated: Friday, November 18 2011, 2:56 PM

Waiters at some of New York’s swankiest eateries were part of a criminal crew that stole credit card information to create counterfeit cards — and then racked up some $600,000 in purchases, prosecutors revealed Friday.

Led by Luis Damian “DJ” Jacas, the crooks equipped waiters at Smith & Wollensky, The Capital Grille, Wolfgang's Steakhouse and JoJo — and at two restaurants outside the city — with electronic “scimmers” to steal the info from at least 50 customers, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said.

Then Jacas used a “network of shoppers” to go on shopping sprees at high-end Manhattan stores like Chanel, Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Hermes of Paris, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Waldmann's, London Jewelers, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Lord & Taylor, prosecutors said.

They even used the phony American Express cards to refuel at Starbucks and also hit stores in Westchester County, Long Island, Boston, Chicago and Florida.

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Link Posted: 11/18/2011 1:21:43 PM EDT
Why not buy a house or something substantial instead of a bunch of clothes?
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 1:23:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Jrock82:
Why not buy a house or something substantial instead of a bunch of clothes?


Money laundering - how does it work?

Think a second about what you posted then smack yourself.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 1:25:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/18/2011 1:25:28 PM EDT by graysonp]
Originally Posted By Jrock82:
Why not buy a house or something substantial instead of a bunch of clothes?


Buying a house with multiple credit cards with various billing names/addresses tends to raise a few red flags....
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 1:26:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jrock82:
Why not buy a house or something substantial instead of a bunch of clothes?

You can buy a house with a credit card?

They buy high end clothes and accessories and sell them on eBay. Thus cash in the pocket. The smaller purchases stay under card limits and don't get called in.
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 1:40:49 PM EDT
Used to know a guy that could get you anything you wanted from the mall for half off. His ID and credit card matched.

They had some waitresses working in some restaurant Celine Dion or someone owns in Miami.
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