Officials: 13 Nabbed in Vegas ID Theft Scheme

LAS VEGAS (AP) - State and federal authorities in Las Vegas say they arrested 13 people in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme with Eastern European ties.

Officials told a news conference Tuesday at the federal courthouse that arrests were made Monday in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles areas.

They say the investigation stems from allegations that stolen identities and fake credit or debit cards were used at casinos and businesses.

A news release puts the amount of money involved in the scheme at $1.5 million, and says arrests involved multiple agencies cooperating in a "Eurasian organized crime task force."

Top federal U.S. attorney, FBI and Secret Service officials joined Las Vegas and Henderson police administrators and the Clark County District Attorney for the announcement.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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