Georgetown Waiter Purchased Picassos With Stolen Credit Cards | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Georgetown Waiter Purchased Picassos With Stolen Credit Cards

Kevin T. Washington went on a spending spree with funds stolen from credit cards.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68751915@N05/6280507539
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.

NPR

Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Thomas Edison built and sold about 500 dolls back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing their supercreepy voices possible for the first time in decades. (Thanks, technology.)
NPR

Tea Tuesdays: Butter Up That Tea, Tibetan-Style

Yak butter tea is often referred to as the national drink of Tibet. It's been consumed in the Himalayas for centuries and helped inspire the Bulletproof Coffee craze in the U.S.
NPR

Clinton 'War Room' Pushback And The 'Invent Your Own' Media Campaign

The Clinton campaign went into overdrive Tuesday trying to minimize the damage from a new book that delves into Clinton foundation fundraising — and it's not using the typical channels to do so.
NPR

Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Thomas Edison built and sold about 500 dolls back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing their supercreepy voices possible for the first time in decades. (Thanks, technology.)

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.