Visa U.S.A. and MasterCard International have filed suit in California against four companies accused of laundering millions of dollars in bogus credit card charges through foreign banks.

In a civil suit filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Visa and MasterCard asked for a restraining order to shut down the credit card operations of two Los Angeles-based firms, National Approval Center and Blue Rose Merchandising Corp., and their respective principals, Sheldon J. Katz and Paul Dalton.

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