Sunday, October 8, 2006

Identity Theft Indictments in Operation French Fry

One of the top problems of the day in the white collar crime arena is identity theft. Debra Wong Yang, the USA for the Central District of California is confronting this problem directly with indictments and prosecutions.  According to a press release from her office, here, the "Orange County Identity Theft Task Force has charged nearly four dozen [alleged] identity thieves who [allegedly] targeted the mails, banks, mortgage companies, stores and other sources to steal checks, credit cards and information that were used to cause millions of dollars in losses." The name of the task force's operation to "dismantle[ ] a credit card 'skimming' ring" is "called Operation French Fry."

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