NYC waiters held over alleged $1 million credit card scam


More than two dozen current and former waiters and their associates from some of the city’s top steakhouses have been arrested in an alleged identity theft ring, accused of stealing credit card numbers from wealthy customers, authorities said Friday.

The Manhattan district attorney, police and the U.S. Secret Service announced the arrests Friday involving a 28-person ring that operated at top metro-area restaurants like Smith & Wollensky, Capital Grille and Wolfgang Steak, as well as Morton’s in Stamford, Conn. 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.

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