Restaurant worker arrested for skimming credit cards

SOUTH RIDING, Va. (WUSA9) -- Authorities say a restaurant worker was charged with credit card fraud and identity theft after a customer saw him do something suspicious with his credit card.

According to Loudoun County Sheriff's Office officials, 22-year-old Yaoliang Gao of New York was working at the Moca Asian Bistro in the Eastern Marketplace Plaza when he was confronted by a customer on April 8th. The restaurant owner stepped in and kept Gao on the scene until deputies arrived, say officials.

Deputies found a skimmer on the scene. They determined information from more than 1,000 credit cards were on the device, say officials. Gao was recently hired at the restaurant. Officials say that the card information was taken between March 11 and April 8.

They are asking anyone who used credit cards or debit cards at the restaurant between March 11th and April 8th to check their credit card or bank statements for fraudulent charges. If this is the case, If you discovered a fraudulent charge on your credit or bank statement during this time period, then please call Detective T. Sheffer at 703-737-8203. If you had contact with Gao, or believe your credit card may have been compromised email the sheriff's office at

Gao is charged with seven counts of credit card fraud and one count of identity theft.


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