Stealing the details from two customers’ credit cards has landed a woman in jail for the next three months.
It has also highlighted the need for a possible change in how credit card payments are made at restaurants, with the likely need to make provision to bring credit card machinery to customers to swipe or tap, or have the customer go to the machine.
Ana Hill-Kaye, a former food and beverage server at a Front Street restaurant, was handed the sentence by Magistrate Craig Attridge following the woman’s guilty plea.
Aldditionally, Ms Hill-Kaye as found guilty of theft for having collected money from MsRhonda Johnson for a refrigerator she had agreed to sell, but had failed to deliver to the purchasing party.
Last April Ms Hill-Kaye, after having served Tracey Hoang and Mary Davis at the restaurant, collected the customers’ credit cards and took pictures of the details before returning them.
She later used the details to purchase items from local retailer Dove and Butterfly, at costs of $454.50 from Ms Hoang and $180 from Ms Davis.
Ms Johnson paid Ms Hill-Kaye $350 for the fridge that never arrived. from Rhonda Johnson, in relation to the fridge.
The court was told how Ms Hoang and Ms Davis discovered unauthorised transactions debited to their credit card accounts by local beauty outlet Dove and Butterfly.
It was further discovered that the attached phone number and e-mail address was that of Ms Hill-Kaye.
Meanwhile, police, while questioning the oman at her Southampton residence, discovered a document which contained the banking information of several other persons.for several other people.
CCTV footage from food establishment also revealed Ms Hill-Kaye taking a photograph of Ms Hoang’s credit card.
Relative to the fridge, the court that the appliance had been listed online as being for sale, with Ms Johnson submitting her banking details for the purchase, but never getting the item.
Prosecutor Alan Richards asked the Magistrate to jail Ms Hill-Kaye for three months in addition to the time she had spent in custody as well as be made to pay restitution to the out-of-pocket victims of the fraud.
The judge granted the prosecution’s request, while ordering Ms Hill-Kaye to reimburse Dove and Butterfly the $634.50.
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