Looks like there's a job opening for ya!Food worker arrested for debit card scam
December 28, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST The Herald News
PLAINFIELD -- Police say a fast-food worker went on an extended shopping spree this fall, financed by some of her customers' checking accounts.
The worker at a Plainfield Wendy's restaurant allegedly stole up to 50 debit card numbers from drive-through customers by swiping them through her own electronic card reader.
Police arrested Tina Swopes, 18, of Joliet earlier this month while she was working her shift. She faces seven counts of identity theft.
Swopes claimed to have been swiping debit card numbers from customers for about two weeks, police said.
A manager at Wendy's, 13407 S. Route 59, Thursday said he could not comment on Swopes' case.
Authorities say Swopes downloaded the numbers she stored in the card reader to a computer, uploaded them to an empty debit card and went shopping.
"She'd spend until the card was declined," said Plainfield police Det. Carianne Siegel. "It depended on how much the person had in their checking account."
About 10 victims who noticed strange debits to their checking accounts in September and early October contacted Plainfield police.
Most of the illegal purchases were made in Villa Park, Siegel said. Many of them were at gas stations and liquor stores.
Some purchases were made in Joliet - including the one that led investigators to Swopes, at a store where she filled out a frequent buyer application.