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Saks Staff Splurged $400,000 on Shoes Using Customers’ Credit Card Data

A stiletto-heeled leather shoe by Gucci is displayed on Saks Fifth Avenue's designer shoe floor.

A stiletto-heeled leather shoe by Gucci is displayed on Saks Fifth Avenue's designer shoe floor. // Mark Lennihan/AP File Photo

Six employees at Saks Fifth Avenue dreamed up an inexpensive way to obtain more than 100 pairs of designer footwear and other accessories from the luxury retailer, ABC News reports.

A 36-year-old woman allegedly stole clients’ payment card data from store computers, shared the information with five sales associates and provided them with lists of what to buy.

A separate group called "the fake shoppers" was then called in to retrieve the bags of fraudulently purchased items, court papers state.

Some of the items apparently were returned to Saks and the refunds went to accounts created by the suspects.

“The process was caught on surveillance footage that was then shown to police,” according to ABC.

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