Federal authorities are rounding up dozens of people, including seven in Shelby and Kings Mountain, accused of being part of an international identity theft ring that stretched from California to Egypt.
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The F.B.I. says that its identified 53 Americans who worked with 47 Egyptians to steal bank account information and money from bank customers.
Here’s how it worked: The Egyptians would send emails to American bank customers which appeared legitimate and directed them to enter passwords and other information into replicas of their banks’ websites.
They then communicated by text messages, phone calls and instant messages with American conspirators who transferred money into new accounts they created.
Then, the Americans split the illegally transferred money with the Egyptians.
Those indicted in America face charges of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, which carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence.
Ashley Ager, 21, Billy Kelly, 34, Brandon Ross, 18, Paula Sims, 44, Reggie Logan Jr., 20, and Latina Black, 24 of Shelby are indicted, as is Michael Grier of Kings Mountain.
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