Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Thomas J. Donovan, Jr reached a settlement yesterday with the Grand Buffet restaurant in Essex Junction. The investigation arose from security breaches where at least one employee stole customers’ credit card numbers. The thefts, which took place in 2014, involved at least 100 customers. The resulting credit card fraud totaled approximately $35,000. The settlement resolves the investigation with the restaurant, and its owner and manager. The employer had previously been notified about its employees’ mishandling of customer credit cards and failed to implement corrective action.
The settlement requires Grand Buffet to change how its employees handle credit cards, implement better record keeping, and pay a penalty of $30,000.
“Businesses must keep consumers’ personal financial information safe,” said Attorney General Donovan. “We know that small businesses are the lifeblood of Vermont’s economy. I will work with our small business community to give them the tools they need to protect their customers.”
More information about the Attorney General Donovan’s efforts to protect consumers can be found at www.uvm.edu/consumer, and his work in data security can be found at http://ago.vermont.gov/focus/consumer-info/privacy-and-data-security1.php.
Vermont AG: Feb 16, 2017