Bethlehem/Glenmont Restaurant Source of Identity Theft. $50,000 Plus Possibly Stolen [Video]
If you have been to the Golden Town Buffet recently and happened to notice some odd debits on your credit cards, you may want to contact the Bethlehem Police Department.
The Route 9W restaurant was searched by police yesterday (August 5th) and they determined that customers’ information was in fact being compromised.
Now Bethlehem Police are asking anyone who visited the eatery and paid with a credit/debit card between June 15 and August 5 to check their records. If there is any indication of fraudulent charges, you are being asked to contact local or federal officials immediately.
Over $50,000 has been stolen from nearly 30 victims of identity theft in connection to the restaurant.
Bethlehem Police say Golden Town Buffet management are working with them and that they were not aware of the situation. The investigation is on going.
UPDATE: 11:15am, August 06
Bethlehem Police have taken Heng Li (27), Min Chen (47), Zhi Yun Lui (39), and Qiaimin Zheng (18) into custody. Chen, Lui, and Zheng have been turned over to the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Li was found to be in possession of a credit card skimming device and a counterfeit identification card from Michigan. He has been charged with Scheme to Defraud, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, along with misdemeanor counts Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification, and Unlawful Possession of a Skimmer Device.
Additional charges are still pending in this case and we will update as more information becomes available as the investigation continues.
UPDATE: 8:49am, August 7
Bethlehem Police say as many of 20 to 30 more people have come forward claiming their credit card information was compromised at the eatery. Police are asking if you visited Golden Town Buffet between June 15 and August 5 to please check your statements and accounts for any suspicious activity. If you find any, report it to local authorities and your financial institute.