Friday, August 19, 2011

Florida Waitress Swindled Customers for $5,000

New York Daily News: It's just one more reason to be kind to your server.

Kathryn Shana'e Perez, 25, told Pasco County detectives she used credit card skimming device on overly-demanding diners at a Mugs N Jugs restaurant in Port Richey, Fla.

"During an interview, she identified the people she skimmed as the ones who ran her around, made her work real hard," Detective John Suess told local television station WTSP 10 News. "Maybe she's scared of a hard day's work."

Detectives say the waitress got the tiny skimming device from her cousin, 25-year-old Brandon Quillen, who used the information she ripped off to make new credit cards.

He gave the fraudulent credit cards to his ex-girlfriend, 22-year-old Rebecca Pixton, who used them to buy more than $5,000 worth of stuff from Radio Shack and Walmart.

She sold the goods for cash, detectives said.

Perez is believed to have used the skimming device to rip off at least nine diners between May 30 and June 23, but police said there could be more victims.

One victim, Denise Remington, said her bank account was nearly depleted after her credit card racked up more than $3,000 in fraudulent charges.

Remington, who once worked in a bank's fraud department, told WTSP that Perez wasn't exactly the most attentive waitress.

"She couldn't look you in the face when she waited on you. She didn't greet you. She took a long time to come back to the table. She didn't say thank you," she said.

Perez, Quillen and Pixton all face multiple charges, including fraudulent use of a credit card.

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