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Originally published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

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Feds: 18 charged in $200M global credit-card fraud

Eighteen people have been charged in an elaborate global scheme that duped credit-rating agencies and used thousands of fake identities to steal at least $200 million, federal authorities say.

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Eighteen people have been charged in what may be one of the nation’s largest credit-card fraud rings, an international scam that duped credit-rating agencies and used thousands of fake identities to steal at least $200 million, federal authorities said Tuesday.

The elaborate scheme involved improving fake cardholders’ credit scores, allowing the scammers to borrow more money that they never repaid, investigators said.

The U.S. attorney in Newark, Paul Fishman, described an intricate Jersey City-based con that began in 2007, operated in at least 28 states and wired money to Pakistan, India, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Romania, China and Japan.

The group used at least 7,000 fake identities to obtain more than 25,000 credit cards, Fishman said. Investigators documented $200 million in losses, but the figure could rise, he said.

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