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Woman sues Michaels after she loses $1,300 on $19.35 purchase

Updated: June 22, 2011 7:24PM

A West Chicago woman filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging Michaels stores should have protected her and other customers from an ATM “skimming” scheme that affected 20 states.

Brandi F. Ramundo claims she bought $19.35 worth of products from a Michaels store in Bloomingdale on April 18 and within three weeks discovered more than $1,300 was withdrawn from her account at ATMs in California.

The suit is seeking class-action status and more than $5 million in damages for Ramundo and others whose credit and debit accounts were hacked.

Earlier this month, the arts and crafts chain sent out alerts after some Chicago area residents reported fraudulent debit card transactions that the company said may have been the result of PIN pad tampering. The security breach exposed the financial data and bank account balances of customers who shopped at 80 Michaels stores across 20 states between Feb. 8 and May 6.

The suit claims Michaels, which is based in Irving, Texas, violated federal and state law by failing to take steps to protect customers’ financial information. 

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