- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Two teenage girls from Brooklyn, New York, are accused of charging $30,000 to credit card numbers stolen while they worked for a week as waitresses in south Louisiana.

Terrebonne (TER-uh-bone) Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says 17-year-old Wendy Liu and 18-year-old Ke Xin Lin are being held in New York on $400,000 bond each.

He tells news outlets that each faces 25 counts of identity theft and of violating the Anti-Skimming Act.

Larpenter says 25 residents of Terrebonne and neighboring Lafourche (luh-FOOSH) parishes reported in July that their bank or credit cards had been used without authorization.

Detectives found that all had used their cards between June 26 and July 3 at the same Chinese restaurant.

None of the cards was stolen. Detectives say their numbers were duplicated.



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