updated 5/2/2012 8:48:40 AM ET 2012-05-02T12:48:40

As if the Chicago Cubs needed another strike against them, the team's diehard fans are now getting robbed as well — to the tune of more than $200,000.

Criminal charges were filed last Friday (April 27) against six people suspected of using hidden credit card skimming devices to swipe the bank information from patrons of Chicago-area restaurants and attractions, including Wrigley Field.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan  accused Joseph Woods, 32, of organizing the fraud scheme. A Chicago resident, Woods allegedly provided his network of employees with credit card readers, and paid them to swipe customers' cards. Woods' employees worked at local restaurants, including the famed Ralph Lauren Restaurant (RL) on Chicago's Magnificent Mile and less-famed establishments such as Taco Bell and McDonald's.

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After running victims' bank cards through the devices, Woods made counterfeit credit cards of his own, and racked up more than $200,000 in charges. Customers from Chase, U.S. Bank, Citibank, Harris Bank, American Express, Bank of America and Fifth Third Bank were all affected by the skimming gang's  exploits, Madigan said.

The six defendants were each charged with conspiracy to commit a financial crime, a felony punishable by four to 15 years in prison. Some of the suspected crooks are also facing charges of identity theft and continuing a financial crimes enterprise.

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