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More victims come forward in Golden Town Buffet credit card theft scheme

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UPDATE: Bethlehem Police tell NEWS10 around 20 or 30 additional victims have come forward to say their credit card information may have been compromised after eating at the Golden Town Buffet. Police are still asking anyone who went to the restaurant between June 15th and August 5th, paid by credit or debit card, and believes they were a victim to contact their bank and local law enforcement agency.


 

BETHLEHEM, N.Y. - The Bethlehem Police Department says four people have been arrested, accused of stealing credit card information from customers at the Golden Town Buffet on Route 9W in Glenmont.

Bethlehem Police say the four people were employees of the Chinese food restaurant and all have outstanding federal warrants for deportation.

Police say 47-year-old Min Chen and 39-year-old Zhi Yun Lui, who both lived at the restaurant, and 18-year-old Qiaimin Zheng, who stated she was homeless, were turned over to federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further action.

Police say a fourth employee, 27-year-old Heng Li of Brooklyn, was found to be in possession of a credit card skimming device and also had an outstanding federal warrant for deportation.

A search warrant was executed on Monday at the Golden Town Buffet in connection to the investigation, which police say determined that victim's credit/debit card information is being compromised there.

The Bethlehem Police Department says the exact amount of personal identification information on this device is still being investigated, however there are at least three dozen victims of identity theft so far, totaling about $50,000 worth of fraud.

Police say Li was also found to be in possession of a counterfeit Michigan identification card.  He was charged with felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd, Scheme to Defraud 1st, and misdemeanor counts of Unlawful Possession of a Skimmer Device and Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information 3rd. He has been remanded to the Albany County Jail without bail.

Police are asking anyone who went to this location between June 15th and August 5th, and paid by credit or debit card, to check their bank statements and immediately report any fraudulent transactions to their bank and local law enforcement agency as soon as possible.

Police say they don't believe management had any idea this was going on and are cooperating with the investigation.

The Bethlehem Police are being assisted in this investigation by the Albany Police, Colonie Police, New York State Police New Scotland, New York State Police Clifton Park, East Greenbush Police, US Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security.

The investigation is active and ongoing and additional charges are pending.

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