Last year, Phau Lam ran away from an ABC7 I-Team camera when he was confronted at his Chinatown restaurant.
There wasn't any food on the shelves but three credit card machines were powered up.
Lam pleaded guilty Wednesday to 37 felony counts including identity theft, forgery and credit card fraud.
As part of his plea deal Lam will serve three years in state prison, and repay his victims a total of $22,000.
He's set to be sentenced January 12th.