Vegas arrests two dozen people for credit card fraud

December 11th, 2008 - 12:27 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

American Express Credit CardIn Las Vegas the state authorities and federal authorities said they arrested nearly two dozen people for a credit card and an identity theft scheme that cost Las Vegas businesses and consumers about US$1.5 million and many tied to Eastern Europe.

Greg Brower, US attorney for Nevada, said 13 people were arrested on federal charges in southern Nevada and Los Angeles. Even the Las Vegas police told that 10 were arrested on state charges, which includes forgery, credit card fraud and weapons and drug possession.

At first the arrest were for the Eurasian who organized crime task forces in Vegas but now this task force had been formed for about two years to the response of ‘the influx and influence and activity of Eurasian-based gang-type criminals’ in southern Nevada, Mr Brower said

They were uncertain of the defendants’ immigration statuses and could not name their nationalities.

In five indictments unsealed on Tuesday, prosecutors describe an operation using ’skimming equipment’ at restaurants, smoke shops and convenience stores to obtain credit card numbers and personal identification numbers.

Authorities said no businesses were implicated in the scheme. More than 1,000 credit and debit cards were compromised.

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