Two Maryland men have pleaded guilty to running an identity theft ring that targeted more than 250 people in the D.C. area.

Anthony D. Thomas, 26, and Raoul Lycorish,27, admitted in Alexandria’s federal court that they led a ring that stole credit card numbers from restaurant customers from January 2010 through June. The two men recruited, trained and paid restaurant servers to swipe diners’ cards through a skimmer that recorded the cards’ numbers. That information was then re-encoded onto other cards to obtain cash or merchandise, prosecutors said.

They are scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 20 before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.

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