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Conn. woman charged in RI credit card scam

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WESTERLY, R.I. -

A Connecticut woman has been arrested in connection with a credit card skimming scam involving more than 30 incidents at a Rhode Island restaurant.

Westerly police charged 44-year-old Shao Ting Zhu of Norwich, Conn., with fraudulently obtaining and using a credit card. The Westerly Sun reports Zhu was arrested Monday and police continue to investigate.

Authorities say a skimming device was used to copy credit card numbers at China Buffet restaurant in Westerly and to create bogus credit cards. Police say Zhu used fraudulent cards to buy hundreds of dollars of merchandise at a Wal-Mart.

Police say Zhu didn't work at the restaurant.

Terry Lin, manager of the restaurant, told NBC 10 on Thursday he believes Zhu may have been working with one of their former wait staff members to skim the card numbers from customers.

Lin's upset because he said the public is blaming the restaurant, even though they too are victims of the skimming scam.

"We are the victims. We're here to work hard, not do bad things," he said.

Lin said sales have dropped dramatically since news of the scam broke.

Lin said China Buffet has thinned its wait staff to a pair of trusted workers and installed surveillance equipment and other measures to keep customer credit card information safe.

Zhu is to be arraigned Jan. 3 in Wakefield District Court. There's no phone listing for her. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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