A 34-year-old server at a DeLand restaurant was arrested on allegations of stealing diners' bank card numbers and acquiring nearly $25,000 in merchandise and gift cards at a sporting goods store.
Niquarus O. Rawls was arrested on charges of fraud and criminal use of personal identification.
According to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Rawls, a server at a Chili's, stole the numbers of several customers that paid with their bank cards.
"Unfortunately, a former food server at Chili’s DeLand location was taken into custody for illegally capturing guests' credit card numbers. This was an isolated incident involving one employee. Chili’s is cooperating fully with authorities on their investigation, and this food server’s employment ended when we learned of this conduct," a restaurant spokesperson said. "The former employee did not obtain credit card numbers using the corporate or local restaurant computer system and the security of these systems was not compromised."
Deputies said Rawls then took the card numbers to an employee at the Champs Sports in the Seminole Town Center, where she would manually input transactions for store merchandise using the stolen card numbers.
Rawls took a majority of the items, but the Champs Sports worker kept some of the merchandise, deputies said.
The total amount of merchandise and gift cards stolen from the store using the stolen card numbers was $24,000.72, according to deputies.
The victims are not being charged for the fraudulent transactions, and deputies said Champs Sports is incurring the total loss in merchandise. The Champs employees involved in the scam are still under investigation.
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