21 charged in casino-based money laundering scheme

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has indicted 21 people who are accused of using counterfeit cards and stolen account numbers in a multistate, multimillion dollar money laundering operation.

Eleven of the 21 are in custody, while the other 10 remain fugitives.

According to the report, the defendants enjoyed a lavish lifestyle that was funded by the stolen financial information, including tens of thousands of dollars at Las Vegas clubs and other social destinations, $2.5 million in luxury watches, and $2.6 million in cash withdrawals.

Card skimming machines and counterfeiting equipment were seized from the houses of those charged in the scheme.

Part of the high-tech operation involved recruiting employees of expensive Brazilian steakhouses to help them hack into computer systems and gain access to customers’ credit and debit card information. All of the people charged in the indictment are from Brazil originally.

Read more here: reviewjournal.com

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