Man goes to jail for credit card scam

June 5, 2009 12:24:37 AM PDT
A San Francisco restaurant owner received a sentence of three years, eight months in state prison on Thursday for ripping off his customers.

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The ABC7 I-Team confronted Phau Lam about continuing to charge customers' credit cards, months after he closed the Chinese restaurant called "Home Menu." Lam ran from the I-Team, but law enforcement caught up to him. District Attorney Kamala Harris says this case provides an important lesson.

"Everyone of us should when we get that bill in the mail or we look on line at our statement, check it line by line to make sure that's actually what you consumed or what you bought," said District Attorney Harris.

Lam pleaded guilty to 32 felony counts, including grand theft, forgery and identity theft. He also has to pay $28,000 in restitution to the credit card companies.

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