Identity Theft Scam Targets Midtown Restaurant Customers
|8/25/2007 – Customers who used credit cards to charge their meal at Paulette’s Restaurant in Midtown Memphis may be victims of an identity theft scam.
Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies who make up the ALERT Squad (Area Law Enforcement Retailers Team) linked purchases to an employee at the restaurant. Owners and employees at Paulette’s began to work with investigators on the case after they were notified.
Investigators say a cook at Paulette’s, 32 year-old Brad Taylor, made copies of credit card records found at the restaurant. They say Taylor sold log sheets with customers’ credit card account numbers for $10 a page.
Deputies say 29 year-old Roderick Webb purchased the log sheets and worked with Marlon Cox, 34, to buy merchandise online. The two then sold the merchandise to people in the community.
Investigators say the scam began in January 2007. Customers who used credit cards to purchase meals are encouraged to carefully look over their credit card statements for any discrepancies.
Anyone who feels they may be a victim of this scam and those who may have more information about the credit card thefts at Paulette’s are asked to call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office ALERT Squad at (901) 545-5600.
Brad Taylor, Roderick Webb and Marlon Cox are all charged with identity theft trafficking and conspiracy to commit identity theft trafficking.
Webb and Taylor also face one count of identity theft.