05/05/2012 10:32 am ET Updated May 06, 2012

Germithe Geffrard Arrested For Storing Chili's Customers' Credit Card Information With Illegal Scanner

A Chili's server has been arrested for stealing credit card information from patrons dining on baby back ribs.

After complaints from customers about false charges on their credit cards in the last three months, loss prevention at a Coral Springs Chili's traced the activity to one of their waitresses, Germithe Geffrard, 23, of Pompano Beach.

When Coral Springs police arrived to investigate, officers found an illegal credit card scanner in Geffrard's work apron.

After charging customers' cards for their bill, Geffrard would scan the card through her scanner to store the information, according to a police release. Geffrard scanned at least three or more credits every day.

Police arrested Geffrard and charged her with possession of a scanning device.

Chili's released the following official statement:

Unfortunately, a food server at Chili’s Coral Springs location was taken into custody for purportedly using a hand-held scanning device to capture guests' credit card numbers. 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.

The employee did not obtain credit card numbers using the corporate or local restaurant computer system and the security of these systems was not compromised.

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