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Fayetteville pizzeria owner pleads guilty to identity theft

Posted September 14, 2010

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— The owner of a Fayetteville pizza parlor has pleaded guilty to stealing his customers' credit card numbers, authorities said Tuesday.

Mark Pinella, 38, pleaded guilty in federal court in Greenville to aggravated identity theft and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He will face up to 12 years in prison and a $500,000 fine when he is sentenced later.

Pinella owned Dino's Pizza, at 6107 Yadkin Road, and prosecutors said he used credit card numbers from more than 183 customers to ring up extra purchases that never occurred. Authorities didn't disclose the total value of the fraudulent purchases.

Fayetteville police shut down the restaurant in May 2009, and state Department of Revenue agents pored over the business' financial records.

Two other Dino's Pizza restaurants in Fayetteville are owned by other people, and police said they weren't involved in the scam.

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  • Juncyard Sep 14, 2010

    affirmativediversity, "When was the last time you scanned your credit hard at a Health Insurance Company???

    Get real!!!!!"

    They have all they need without your credit card...they have all your personal information and as an Informations Security professional let me tell you, your hair would stand on end if you knew the things not only health care insurers but almost all corporations that have access to your information....are willing to do with it for a profit....

    As for this guy in Fayetteville.....I hope he gets the maximum sentence allowed under the law.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 14, 2010

    And they think we can trust health care to private enterprise.
    per Middle of the Road

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    When was the last time you scanned your credit hard at a Health Insurance Company???

    Get real!!!!!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 14, 2010

    And they think we can trust health care to private enterprise.

  • mad_dash Sep 14, 2010

    Why he looks like a fine upstanding young man.. lol

  • airbornemonty Sep 14, 2010

    I always worry whenever I hand my credit card to someone at a business and that is why I keep and compare all of my tranactions when I receive my statement at the end of the month.

    My credit card company representative told me that not very many customers take the time to do that.

    Just be aware that there are people hoping that you are one of the people that don't check their statements.

  • debnamdavis Sep 14, 2010

    That happened to someone I know at a Hardees in the Raleigh/garner area. I just dont like handing my card out through a window. Id rather scan it myself...yet I dont know if that helps these days.

  • Diabolical Sep 14, 2010

    good thing I never ate there.