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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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NY teens allegedly stole credit card numbers in Houma restaurant

NY teens allegedly stole credit card numbers in Houma restaurant

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Two teenage girls from Brooklyn, New York, are accused of charging $30,000 to credit card numbers stolen while they worked for a week as waitresses in Houma.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says 17-year-old Wendy Liu and 18-year-old Ke Xin Lin are being held in New York on $400,000 bond each.

He tells news outlets that each faces 25 counts of identity theft and of violating the Anti-Skimming Act. He also said the suspects have previous arrests in New York and New Jersey for similar offenses.

Larpenter says 25 residents of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes reported in July that their bank or credit cards had been used without authorization.

Detectives found that all had used their cards between June 26 and July 3 at Dynasty Buffet Chinese Restaurant, 6425 W. Park Ave. in Houma.

None of the cards was stolen. Detectives say their numbers were duplicated.

Sheriff’s Office detectives traveled to New York to continue their investigation, Larpenter said. They are trying to determine the identity of a middle-aged Asian male suspect of short and stocky build who was captured on video surveillance using the credit cards.

Anyone who is a victim of similar fraud is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 876-2500.