Cashiers Suspected in Identity Theft

Jan 27, 2003

By George Anderson

The New York Times reported last week that cashiers and clerks at retail establishments in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area took part in a massive identity theft scheme that stole the credit card numbers of thousands of consumers.

The New York City Police Department alleges that store workers used skimmers (battery-powered, cellphone-sized devices) to swipe and capture shoppers’ credit card information.

The NYPD arrested the alleged leader of the scheme, Joseph Guglielmo, last week after executing four search warrants. They, reportedly, found information on more than 4,300 cards during the search. Mr. Guglielmo was being held on $1 million bail.

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