23 Arrested In Las Vegas ID Theft Scheme

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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State and federal authorities say they've arrested nearly 23 people in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme that cost Las Vegas businesses and consumers about $1.5 million.

Most of those arrested have ties to Eastern Europe and the arrests are the first for a Eurasian organized crime task force based in Las Vegas.

The U.S. attorney for Nevada says the task force was created two years ago to combat an increase in influential "Eurasian-based gang-type criminals" in southern Nevada.

More than 1,000 credit and debit cards were compromised by cashiers using "skimming equipment" at restaurants, smoke shops and convenience stores.

The indictment says the information would then be used to create counterfeit credit cards.

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