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Georgetown Waiter Purchased Picassos With Stolen Credit Cards

Kevin T. Washington went on a spending spree with funds stolen from credit cards.
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Kevin T. Washington went on a spending spree with funds stolen from credit cards.

Authorities say a former waiter at a Georgetown restaurant stole credit card numbers from customers and used the money to buy artwork, including a Matisse and a pair of Picassos.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Kevin T. Washington of Gaithersburg, Md., obtained credit card numbers from four different victims while working as a waiter at Thunder Burger and Bar in Georgetown.

One of the victims discovered $46,000 in charges from a Georgetown art gallery — the artwork included two Pablo Picasso etchings as well as one by Henri Mattise.

Authorities were able to recover the artwork from a pawnshop in Fairfax County.

They say Washington used the credit card from another victim at the restaurant to buy several pieces of expensive jewelry.

Washington pled guilty to several counts of fraud and was sentenced to over three years in prison. He's also been ordered to pay nearly $40,000 in restitution.

Washington was also arrested last year in Fairfax County, where police say he used a stolen credit card to pay for his girlfriends's plastic surgery. That case is pending.

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