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Feds Bust U.S.-Egyptian ID Theft Ring

Identity theft

International cooperation is good. But not in this case. The FBI has busted up a U.S. and Egyptian crime ring.

By Thomas Watkins
Associated Press
LOS ANGELES –– Authorities said Wednesday they have arrested 33 people in breaking up a crime ring in the U.S. and Egypt in which an elaborate “phishing” scam bilked bank customers out of at least $1 million.

Federal authorities said a total of 53 people were named in an indictment, while authorities in Egypt have charged 47 others in connection with the scheme. The 33 arrests so far in the U.S. were mostly in Southern California but also in Nevada and North Carolina.

All the U.S. suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, which potentially carry up to 20 years in federal prison, Assistant U.S. Attorney Wes Hsu said.

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