Black market travel ring gets busted
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.