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Guilty plea in D.C. 'skimming' case

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A District woman pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to organizing a credit-card fraud scheme that victimized patrons of a D.C. restaurant, authorities said.

Federal agents said Nicole L. Ward, 28, paid two servers at the Cheesecake Factory in the 5000 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW to illegally collect customers' credit-card numbers in the summer of 2008.

As part of her guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Ward admitted providing the servers with card-skimming devices they used to steal nearly 90 numbers, according to prosecutors.

A co-conspirator allegedly encoded the stolen numbers on other credit cards, which were used to buy merchandise in Virginia and elsewhere, authorities said.

Ward, who faces up to 30 years in prison for bank fraud, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 29 by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.

-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 30, 2010; 11:49 AM ET
Categories:  Cons & Scams , From the Courthouse , Paul Duggan , The District , Updates  
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Was it really worth the 30 years Nicole? What did you buy? Some clothes, a TV, An I pod? Things you could have brought anyway.

Posted by: ged0386 | July 30, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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