Clearwater restaurant server accused of stealing credit card numbers

A server at the Tuscano Grille restaurant on McMullen Booth Road is accused of using credit card numbers from customers to buy merchandise from discount and grocery stores.

Mircea C. Ciornei, 31, of 3804 Olde Lanark Drive in Land O’Lakes, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of identity theft, three counts of forgery of a credit card, scheme to defraud and criminal use of personal identification.

According to Clearwater police, Ciornei was taking credit card numbers from restaurant patrons and re-encoding them onto gift cards at stores including Target, Publix, Sweetbay Supermarket and Burlington Coat Factory.

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