(follow-up) TX: S.A. has its largest ID-theft case ever

Guillermo Contreras reports:

Credit-card numbers from 17,000 guests at the Emily Morgan Hotel were stolen and used in a three-state shopping spree to buy farm and ranch equipment, tires, machinery, all-terrain vehicles and other goods, federal officials say.

Prosecutors unsealed indictments Thursday against five people in what officials say is the largest identify-theft case ever in San Antonio.

Officials say the suspects used stacks of stolen credit-card receipts from a storage room at the hotel in 2006. They’re then accused of using the receipts to make counterfeit credit cards.

Some of the victims — mostly tourists who stayed at the hotel — didn’t realize their information was compromised until months, even years, later.

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