Identity theft is becoming more common in Louisiana and other states. Just recently, a woman who was working at a McDonald's drive-through was accused of stealing a customer's debit card information and using it to swipe the customer's identity. The 31-year-old allegedly used the debit card information to make purchases for herself. She now faces an ID theft charge and three counts of transferring money illegally.
According to the report, the fast food restaurant employee supposedly took a picture of the customer's debit card while ringing up the customer's order at the drive-through. The customer claims that some time later, she realized that her debit card had been used to purchase a total of $800 worth of merchandise. The arrest report states that $280 was spent at Victoria's Secret and other purchases were made online.
The customer swore to police that she had noticed the woman at the McDonald's drive-through walking away from the window with her card. At the time, she thought nothing of it. The next day, however, she realized that there were charges on her card that she had no memory of making. When investigators reviewed McDonald's surveillance cameras, they reportedly saw the accused taking a picture of the debit card with her cell phone camera.
The investigators also claim to have found evidence on the employee's cell phone that showed she had made the purchases in question. They arrested her on several charges, including ID theft charge. In Louisiana, as in other states, anyone who has been arrested and accused of identity theft should contact an attorney who specializes in criminal law. This type of lawyer is experienced in how to fight the charges and receive the best outcome possible.
Source: nola.com, "McDonald's employee stole customer's debit card info, Kenner police say", Michelle Hunter, March 21, 2017