111 arrested in massive ID theft bust

Prosecutors call it the biggest identity theft bust in US history. On Friday, 111 bank tellers, retail workers, waiters and alleged criminals were charged with running a credit-card-stealing organization that stole more than US$13 million in less than a year-and-a-half.

This is by far the largest — and certainly among the most sophisticated — identity theft/credit card fraud cases that law enforcement has come across, the Queens County District Attorney’s office said in a statement announcing the arrests.

The credit card numbers came from far and wide: from skimming operations in the US, where restaurant employees or retail cashiers were paid to steal credit card data from customers; from carder forums on the Internet; and also from shady overseas suppliers in countries such as Russia, China and Libya — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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