MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Logan's Roadhouse waitress is out of a job after getting accused of stealing debit card information from customers.
At least three people who ate at the Logan's on North Germantown Parkway on Friday night said they caught about $1,600 in fraudulent charges. The woman accused of being behind it all has a history of this type of crime.
"You just have to be careful these days, because you really just can't trust anybody," Dede Pirtle said.
Pirtle was eating lunch at Logan's on Monday. She said the accusations concerned her.
"My husband won't even use a debit. He uses cash only," Pirtle said. That precaution is one smart way to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Click here to read Chief Consumer Investigator Andy Wise's best advice on the topic.
All three Logan's victims said Kavecia Turner was their waitress. They believe she was able to copy their debit card information and use their cards to buy things for herself.
One victim said Turner bought a $350 money order at the Cash Saver on Elvis Presley Boulevard--along with several other charges.
Police confirmed the fraudulent charges had been reported to the authorities.
A background check found Turner--who also uses the last names Simon and Robinson--has been convicted multiple times for identity theft and fraud in Tennessee, Illinois, and Mississippi.
In fact, she was sentenced to 70 months in prison by a federal judge in May 2015. In that case, she stole identities of co-workers while working at a Fred's Super Dollar Store.
It's unclear why she is out of prison right now.
Business owner Jembr Ambha said it's worrisome anytime people use cards.
He does background checks on all of his employees at his small business, but offers customers the option of paying through PayPal for extra security.
A manager at Logan's said he had no idea about Turner's past convictions until WMC Action News 5 investigators told him. He said most restaurants, including Logan's, don't do background checks on servers.
"We like Logan's here," Pirtle said, "But, yeah, I can't believe they didn't--aren't more responsible for who they hire. Because we trust them when we go in to give them our debit cards. I mean, I don't want to give it to a thief!"