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Nail salon owner charged with stealing from customers using debit card info

Identity theft charges were filed Wednesday against a Madison woman who allegedly made fraudulent withdrawals from the bank accounts of customers at her Fitchburg nail salon who had paid for her services with debit cards.

Identity theft charges were filed Wednesday against a Madison woman who allegedly made fraudulent withdrawals from the bank accounts of customers at her Fitchburg nail salon who had paid for her services with debit cards.

Dung P. Thi, 23, owner of Le Nails at 6209 McKee Road, was charged with 12 counts of identity theft, although Assistant District Attorney Cara Maas said in court Wednesday that an investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

Thi, who was initially jailed on $200,000 bail after her arrest last week, was ordered held on $24,000 bail after appearing in court Wednesday.

The charges involve transactions on debit cards belonging to six women and losses to local banks and credit unions of about $25,000. All of the women told police that they had been customers of Le Nails.

According to the complaint, surveillance camera footage from ATMs showed a woman with large sunglasses and a surgical facemask making withdrawals of hundreds of dollars per transaction in August and September.

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On Sept. 17, the complaint states, the woman made balance inquiries on 19 cards and made a cash withdrawal on one of them. It was a process that security personnel at the financial institutions saw over and over, according to the complaint.

Fitchburg police Detective Shannan Sheil-Morgan visited Le Nails on Oct. 22 and recognized Thi as the woman in the videos, the complaint states.

Thi was arrested on Oct. 27 after search warrants were executed at the salon and at Thi's home in Madison. Police found a sweatshirt at the home identical to one worn by the woman in the Sept. 17 ATM video, according to the complaint.

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