International identity-theft ring victimized hundreds, including Hollywood actress, authorities say

Rachel Weiner reports:

Federal agents said they have uncovered a massive international identity-theft scheme that victimized at least hundreds and maybe thousands of people, including an actress who appeared in the television shows “Smallville” and “Supergirl.”

On Thursday, federal authorities arrested two people in Virginia and two in Georgia who allegedly were part of a sophisticated operation that involved stealing identities and producing fake shell companies that could apply for high-balance credit cards.

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Amit Chaudhry of Ashburn was arrested Thursday. He is accused of being the mastermind behind the U.S. operations. According to prosecutors, his siblings and other relatives and associates in India helped steal identities and create shell corporations.

To date, prosecutors have identified 353 fake companies associated with the scheme.

Read more on Standard Examiner and The Virginian-Pilot, who also has coverage of the arrests and scheme.

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