Thousands of credit card accounts compromised

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March 7, 2014, 10:21 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Mallory Hoff) - A Sacramento County neighborhood in Calif. woke up to find the FBI at work on Wednesday morning.

The raid was part of an investigation that led FBI agents to identify approximately 23,000 compromised credit card accounts.

"Actually they came out with a bunch of storage bins, like laptop computers, looked like a bunch of files and paperwork," said neighbor Richard Ornelas.

A criminal complaint suggested Mihran Melkonyan and Rouslan Akhmerov conspired to defraud American Express by establishing a fraudulent business obtaining victims Amex credit card information and using the illegally obtained information to bill the company.

Neighbors say they see people coming and going from this address at all hours of the night.

"We always wondered about how these people have all these nice cars and all these beautiful things and everybody lives in a duplex around here and yet you're driving a 60, 70, 80 thousand dollar car? Seemed weird," said one neighbor.

The FBI also raided two other addresses. One in Southern California where they found 50 academic reports from the San Juan unified school district.

Those reports included personal information including credit card names and numbers written on the back of documents.

KCRA Three brought this to the attention of the district.

A spokesperson said they are working with law enforcement to determine what the documents are and how they ended up there.

Tags: credit cards, fraud, American express
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