It seems people from every walk of life were involved in a recent New York identity theft ring, and the participants weren’t limited to the city itself. It went through China, Europe, and the Middle East, and thousands were victims to the scam.
Now, 111 people have been arrested, eight-five are in custody, and there are still more who are being hunted by the Queens District Attorney as the ring goes down in flames.
The identity theft scam had been going since 2010, and one bank and a number of restaurants were involved. Service employees, bank tellers, and restaurant staffers would skim the credit card numbers of various people. In some cases, they could simply lift the information online.
The credit card numbers were then given to individuals who would manufacture new cards, and criminal shoppers would use them to buy merchandise. From there, the merchandise was re-sold overseas in places like the Middle East.
More than $13 million was spent on various electronics and high-end apparel merchandise.