Charge: Fast-food worker stole 130+ identities in id theft ring


King County prosecutors have filed identity-theft charges against a fast-food worker and two alleged accomplices on allegations that she used a “skimmer” to steal credit card information.

Leveling the allegations on the heels of a similar scheme uncovered earlier this year, prosecutors contend Wendy’s employee Maria Elena DeHoyos-Ortiz used a credit card reader to steal the identities dozens of customers.

Though the investigation is ongoing, 135 compromised accounts were traced back to the Wendy’s, a King County sheriff’s detective told the court. About $75,000 in fraudulent activity has been attributed to those accounts.

The King County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into the series of credit card forgeries in October after an investigator with the BECU credit union reported that he had linked violations to several customer accounts to the Tukwila Wendy’s restaurant on International Boulevard.

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