6 charged in skimming scheme at restaurants, Wrigley Field
Six people are accused of stealing bank information from patrons at Chicago restaurants and Wrigley Field, then running up more than $200,000 in purchases on phony cards.
Joseph Woods, 32, allegedly paid employees to skim credit card information by using a small credit card reader provided by Woods, according to the state attorney genereal's office. The employees would swipe the cards and Woods would create counterfeit cards to charge up thousands of dollars in purchases, the office said.
Britain Woods, 33, Essence Houston, 28, Jenette Farrar, 34, and Kenyatta Davis, 31, worked at Wrigley Field, RL Restaurant, Taco Bell andMcDonald's, officials said.
Alex Houston, 22, along with Joseph Woods, was charged with using the phony credit cards to make illegal purchases, officials said.
The suspects, all from Chicago, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a financial crime, which carries a sentence from four to up to 15 years, officials said.
Joseph Woods, Essence Houston, Alex Houston and Davis also were charged with continuing a financial crimes enterprise. Joseph Woods, Alex Houston and Davis face an additional identity theft charge that carries a sentence of from three to seven years, officials said.
Officials said the bank accounts that were compromised include Chase, U.S. Bank, Citibank, Harris Bank, American Express, Bank of America and Fifth Third Bank.