Seven defendants were charged Friday with illegally processing credit card payments on behalf of a massive Internet scam that allegedly bilked millions of dollars from consumers by repeatedly charging them for "trial" memberships they never ordered. Three of the defendants agreed to settle the Federal Trade Commission's charges.

The defendants arranged for a deceptive operation known as I Works to receive and maintain merchant accounts that allowed it to process more than $26 million in illegal credit and debit card payments through the Visa and MasterCard payment networks, according to the complaint.

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