Black mar­ket travel ring gets busted

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION - Com­piled from wire re­ports

KANSAS CITY — Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors say 38 peo­ple have been charged in con­nec­tion with a na­tion­wide scheme that used thou­sands of stolen credit card num­bers to buy air­line tick­ets that were later sold at deep dis­counts. The U.S. at­tor­ney in western Mis­souri said six in­dict­ments were un­sealed Fri­day. They de­tail an un­der­ground net­work of black mar­ket travel agents and de­scribe op­er­a­tions from Los An­ge­les to Florida to New York. U.S. At­tor­ney Beth Phillips said the op­er­a­tions net­ted more than $20 mil­lion and in­volved thou­sands of vic­tims. The net­work be­gan un­rav­el­ing af­ter two Mis­souri women were charged with steal­ing a com­puter from a Kansas home in 2005.

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