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Coral Springs waitress skimmed customers' credit cards, police said
.orlandosentinel. ^ | May 5, 2012 | By Erika Pesantes,

Posted on 05/05/2012 4:05:35 PM PDT by dennisw

A waitress was caught skimming customers' credit cards at a Chili's restaurant in Coral Springs and police suspect there are more victims.

Germithe Geffrard, 23, was charged with possession of a scanning device, which she admitted to hiding in her apron and using as often as possible during each shift, police said.

She obtained about 50 credit card numbers while working at the restaurant at 1650 University Dr., Coral Springs Lt. Joe McHugh said Saturday.

Police investigated after several customers complained about the fraudulent activity taking place between February and April, he said.

Geffrard admitted she had skimmed customers' credit cards and police arrested her Monday. Enter to win a pair of diamond earrings for Mother's Day

The Pompano Beach woman said she would scan patrons' credit cards properly at the register and then remove her own electronic scanner from her apron and skim the cards there.

She had an unknown accomplice who would then collect the credit card information, police said.

More charges could be pending against Geffrard as the investigation continues, McHugh said.

In a company statement released to the Sun Sentinel, Chili's Grill and Bar said, "This was an isolated incident involving one employee. Chili’s is cooperating fully with authorities on their investigation, and this food server’s employment ended when we learned of this conduct.

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: chilis; coralsprings; creditcardfraud; florida; germithegeffrard; joemchugh; pompanobeach
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1 posted on 05/05/2012 4:05:40 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

Happy stinko de Mayo y’all, eat your fajitas and drink your margaritas. Just mind your plastic credit cards


2 posted on 05/05/2012 4:07:34 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

I haven’t eaten there in a while.

May I suggest Wings Plus, ALSO in Coral Springs, which is a favorite Haunt of Joyce Kaufman, Congressman Alan West, Newt, Rick, Herman, and ME! LOL!

The owner, Brian is a big tea party guy. Who needs Chili’s when you can dine on better food in Conservative Heaven?

LOL. I think I will go there for dinner tonight!


3 posted on 05/05/2012 4:10:53 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: dennisw

Hey, go easy on her....she just entered for a chance to win the diamond earrings for Mothers Day.


4 posted on 05/05/2012 4:16:55 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: dennisw
Could be Obama’s daughter
5 posted on 05/05/2012 4:23:55 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: left that other site
May I suggest Wings Plus, ALSO in Coral Springs

Thanks! I will certainly bring the Family there!

Germithe Geffrard, 23, was charged...

Hmm... I wonder about that name...

She had an unknown accomplice

Uh, unknown to whom?

6 posted on 05/05/2012 4:24:30 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: bill1952

Are we NEIGHBORS??? Hallelujah! A local FReeper!


7 posted on 05/05/2012 4:26:51 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: ErnBatavia
"Geffrard admitted she had skimmed customers' credit cards and police arrested her Monday. Enter to win a pair of diamond earrings for Mother's Day "

Only in today's Obamanation could a chance to spend some time in the hoosegow be eligibility to win a prize!!!

8 posted on 05/05/2012 4:36:19 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: dennisw

Criminals aren’t very smart.


9 posted on 05/05/2012 4:40:32 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: ErnBatavia

LOL. I saw that too. Like a subliminal message...


10 posted on 05/05/2012 4:43:00 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: left that other site

How does Wings Plus compare to Frank & Teresa’s Anchor Bar or Duff’s?

The Wings Plus menu mentions margarine. Butter is used in this house.

The use of Frank’s is a plus.


11 posted on 05/05/2012 4:43:56 PM PDT by seton89 (Are the Ten Commandments a living document?)
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To: dennisw
Geffrard admitted she had skimmed customers' credit cards and police arrested her Monday. Enter to win a pair of diamond earrings for Mother's Day

The police are running arrest contests now?

(yes, I know I have a odd sense of humor)

12 posted on 05/05/2012 4:52:51 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (In most cases, revenge is not a good thing. In other cases, it's the only thing.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I find it odd that the Mother’s Day contest was at the end of the sentence.

How was it related?


13 posted on 05/05/2012 4:54:56 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: bill1952
Hmm... I wonder about that name...

Not sure, but believe it's the feminine of Trayvon.

14 posted on 05/05/2012 4:56:02 PM PDT by Salvey
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To: dennisw

Where does one get a scanning device?


15 posted on 05/05/2012 4:56:02 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: dennisw

Where does one get a scanning device?


16 posted on 05/05/2012 4:56:07 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Salvey

LOL.


17 posted on 05/05/2012 4:57:17 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: dennisw

By the name alone, she’s probably Haitian. So cut her some slack. She probably didn’t get her fair share in earthquake assistance.


18 posted on 05/05/2012 5:17:35 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: dennisw

This is why I check my accounts online every day, even if I’m not using my debit or credit card.


19 posted on 05/05/2012 5:18:43 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: dennisw

Identity theft perpetrators should be given a life sentence in a high-security prison.

We have been sorting out multiple id thefts of my 93-year-old WWII veteran father. It has been a nightmare. There are obviously websites where the information is sold to others, as we have seen the gamut from simple opening of new credit cards to auto withdrawals from his checking account, and most recenting he is being victimized thru the electronic filing of an income tax return in his name, when he had not even finished his return.

Stealing a person’s id should be treated as seriously as kidnapping and hostage-taking while robbing a bank, which is pretty much what ID theft amounts to.

God help the person if I were to meet up with one of them.


20 posted on 05/05/2012 5:19:31 PM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: left that other site

Hi! I live in Port Saint Lucie Florida, but travel to the Coral Springs & other South Florida areas on a very regular basis.
My wife is always looking to stop at a good place to eat :) not to mention the kids.


21 posted on 05/05/2012 5:24:38 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

A lot of news sites throw links between paragraphs of the articles. Guess the OP forgot to cut it out.


22 posted on 05/05/2012 5:27:28 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: bill1952

Germithe Geffrard, 23, was charged...

Hmm... I wonder about that name...

I wonder also. Is this someone from east Europe working here on a temp visa?


23 posted on 05/05/2012 5:29:03 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Squawk 8888

It is pretty funny,though.


24 posted on 05/05/2012 5:31:03 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: SusaninOhio
We have been sorting out multiple id thefts of my 93-year-old WWII veteran father. It has been a nightmare. There are obviously websites where the information is sold to others, as we have seen the gamut from simple opening of new credit cards to auto withdrawals from his checking account, and most recenting he is being victimized thru the electronic filing of an income tax return in his name, when he had not even finished his return.

Same thing with my World War II vet father, except for the bank accounts.

25 posted on 05/05/2012 5:32:48 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

You can get them from any vendor of retail systems and a lot of computer stores. The simplest ones are magnetic stripe readers that behave as though the user was typing the data from the stripe. I had to familiarize myself with them for a project I worked on in the mid-1990s to enable health care providers to read swipe health cards and transfer the contents to a database. The part of the early testing I enjoyed most was swiping all of my boss’s credit cards into a text file.


26 posted on 05/05/2012 5:33:16 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: dennisw
No, Germithe is not Austrian, as you suspected. Amish.


27 posted on 05/05/2012 5:37:29 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Squawk 8888

So they have a legitimate use. It’s too bad people are misusing it to steal.


28 posted on 05/05/2012 5:38:38 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Cut and paste must have picked up an ad!


29 posted on 05/05/2012 5:39:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: SusaninOhio

I’m with you 100% on ID thieves getting life and there should be no parole.


30 posted on 05/05/2012 5:44:08 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: SusaninOhio; PAR35

If they gained access to the bank accounts then at least one of the following took place:

1. The legit user had spyware on his PC when he accessed his account online.

2. They found a cheque for the account and used the routing codes to set up a bogus debit.

In either scenario the best course of action is to clean the computer and install a good anti-virus app (AVG is good and it’s free), then get a new bank account number and card, and set a new password for online banking.


31 posted on 05/05/2012 5:44:39 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

True. It has always been the case that anything useful for good things can also be used for bad things.


32 posted on 05/05/2012 5:47:18 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: Squawk 8888
I do that also. If a charge appears that I don't recognize, I'm on it like flies on a rib roast.

Sometimes it's from a book I ordered from Amazon that has a kooky business name. But I'm really careful.

33 posted on 05/05/2012 5:51:56 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: dennisw

Germithe Geffrard

34 posted on 05/05/2012 6:29:09 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: bill1952

We have a few tea party hangouts in s. Florida...Tony’s Italian Restaurant on A1A and Wings Plus are the Big Ones! they are always hosting Tea party and other Conservative events. S. Florida isn’t all “hanging chad’ liberals! LOLOL!


35 posted on 05/05/2012 7:16:08 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: left that other site

Wings Plus? I would be willing to drive that far for good wings. Seems like all of the good wings place in our neck of the woods have closed or changed and aren’t any good anymore. I can’t recall if we’ve eaten at a Wings Plus before (the name rings a bell). Is this a chain/franchise?


36 posted on 05/05/2012 7:28:12 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: SusaninOhio

I agree it should be taken very very seriously. The havoc it plays in someone’s life is hard for someone to fathom.


37 posted on 05/05/2012 7:31:24 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: left that other site

I had no idea there were Tea Party Hangouts here!


38 posted on 05/05/2012 7:33:46 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: left that other site

teapartyftl@gmail.com

She’s the big TEA party gal, name’s Danita. Knows all the TEA party events. Contact her.

They’re known as the longest running TEA party in Broward. They are on the corner of Oakland Pk Blvd. and Federal Hwy every Sat. They started in 2/09.


39 posted on 05/05/2012 7:34:34 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: brytlea

It is a Private Owned restaurant that has several branches in the Broward Area, The Owner Brain is very conservative and was once a Piper for the Police. There is a big framed bagpipe on the wall in the Coral Springs Restaurant on Sample Road.

There was one closer to my home in Margate, which was visited by George W Bush back in the day.


40 posted on 05/05/2012 7:41:07 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: brytlea

Not only is it a conservative hangout...the wings are phenomenal!


41 posted on 05/05/2012 7:41:57 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: bicyclerepair

Thank You. I am on a few mailing lists, but this one i will add! :L-)


42 posted on 05/05/2012 7:42:44 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: Figment

I doubt that she is from eastern Europe:

http://tinyurl.com/7ojs2vn


43 posted on 05/05/2012 7:47:27 PM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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To: left that other site

I wonder if we stopped in once. Is it on a major street like 441 or Jog?


44 posted on 05/05/2012 8:05:35 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: left that other site

Well, that’s a twofer. We used to have a couple of good places here, but not now. And I loves me some wings!


45 posted on 05/05/2012 8:06:30 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Salvey

her mother saw the name on the label of an anti bacterial product and thought it was cool


46 posted on 05/05/2012 9:14:12 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks dennisw.


47 posted on 05/05/2012 10:02:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: brytlea

It’s on Sample Road, west of University, in the 9000 Block.


48 posted on 05/06/2012 4:16:12 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
I find it odd that the Mother’s Day contest was at the end of the sentence.

It's a copy-and-paste artifact. There is an ad for the Mother's Day contest, and the text was caught up in the copy. The OP did not proofread after pasting, and there you have it. An ad in the story for the Mother's Day contest, which may drive Internet traffic to the Sentinel.

49 posted on 05/06/2012 8:31:11 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: dennisw
Geffrard admitted she had skimmed customers' credit cards and police arrested her Monday. Enter to win a pair of diamond earrings for Mother's Day

Hold on. According to this, if I get arrested by the police, I'm entered to win a pair of diamond earrings for Mother's Day?

I gotta run. I won't be available until I make bond.

50 posted on 05/06/2012 8:44:09 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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