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Employee Arrested for $200,000 Gift Card Theft

Calvin Ortique, a Connecticut Department of Transportation employee, was arrested for orchestrating an elaborate gift card scheme that resulted in the theft of approximately $200,000 from the Wood-n-Tap restaurants.

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Missing Balances Discovered

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The Hartford Restaurant Group, owner of Wood-n-Tap restaurants, discovered missing balances on gift cards and loyalty cards when customers reported that their cards had no funds left.

Investigation Uncovers Scheme

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A police investigation revealed that Ortique and his co-conspirators stole gift card balances and loyalty rewards by accessing information through the point-of-sale system, fraudulently creating e-gift card images.

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Restitution Promised to Affected Guests

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Wood-n-Tap restaurants pledged to “make things right” for their customers, acknowledging the disappointment and inconvenience caused by the theft, and reassuring that personal information was not compromised.

Ongoing Investigation

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Authorities are continuing their investigation to determine the full extent of the gift card scam and to explore any potential involvement of other individuals.

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