Bank employees were among the 111 people charged — 86 of which are in custody today — in an alleged international identity theft ring based in Queens, N.Y., the Associated Press reported Friday.
The bank employees allegedly worked with retail and restaurant workers to steal credit and debit card information using skimming devices, which read the details off the cards' magnetic stripes, the article said. Others are accused of obtaining card details online. The group then allegedly made forged cards and fake IDs to use for purchases at high-end stores.
The fraudulently purchased merchandise was sold in China, Europe and the Middle East, the article said. The group is accused of making $13 million in fraudulent purchases of retail goods since 2010. They are also accused of making pricey travel purchases, such as hotel rooms and private jets.
The suspects are charged with enterprise corruption, theft and grand larceny, the article said.