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January 25, 2010

I need to start keeping a list ...

of all the types of employments I have seen used to steal identities.  I can recall car dealers, radio hosts, bankers, custodians, mortgage brokers, pickpockets.  It seems like rich and poor can all be greedy enough to try identity theft.  Well, thanks to the AP article below, I can now add waiter to the list:

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—A former Kansas City man has admitted stealing credit card information from customers while he was a waiter at a Country Club Plaza restaurant.

John David Woody of Los Angeles pleaded guilty to identity theft and credit card fraud on Friday in federal court in Kansas City. The 35-year-old admitted that he stole information from 20 customers at the Brio Tuscan Grille in July and August 2008.

Prosecutors say Woody used an electronic device to skim the magnetic strip on the back of credit cards to obtain the information. He then used the credit card numbers to purchase goods online, including thousands of dollars worth of DVDs.

Woody is facing up to 35 years in prison without parole and a fine of up to $750,000.

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