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Indictments announced in $2 million counterfeit credit card scheme

NEW YORK - Federal law enforcement officials announced the unsealing of an indictment and a complaint charging 23 individuals for their alleged participation in a large-scale counterfeit credit card scheme. 

As part of the scheme, the defendants allegedly obtained more than 1,000 stolen credit and debit card numbers, created counterfeit credit and debit cards with the stolen account information, and then utilized teams of “shoppers” to make more than $2 million of unauthorized purchases at retail stores located throughout the United States.  In a coordinated operation early this morning, agents of the Secret Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 19 defendants in Flushing, Queens, and one defendant in Los Angeles, California. 

Agents also executed six search warrants and recovered counterfeit credit card manufacturing equipment and supplies. 

The defendants arrested in Queens were presented in Manhattan federal on Monday. 

An additional defendant is already in state custody in New York on other charges.  Two remaining defendants are at large.