Steakhouse Waiters Arrested for Credit Card Scam

Workers in the best New York City steakhouses allegedly stole $1 million from customers

More than two dozen waiters and accomplices at some of the best New York City steakhouses are accused of identity theft, taking credit card numbers from their wealthy customers, and buying luxury items to resell for cash.

They allegedly targeted diners who paid with American Express black cards and other high-status cards.

According to, "Several suspects are from top city restaurants like Smith & Wollensky, Capital Grille, and Wolfgang Steak, as well as Morton’s in Stamford and the Bicycle Club in New Jersey."

Officials say waiters would copy card information with handheld scanners while walking to process the bill and the information was then sent to ringleaders who made duplicates and tested the fake cards on taxis. Restaurant operators were not involved, officials say.

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