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Wisconsin among states were arrests were made in overseas ID theft ring

GULFPORT, MS (WTAQ) - Wisconsin is among the places where 16 arrests were made, for allegedly using stolen data to get money and merchandise that were shipped to Nigeria and South Africa.

Charges were unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Gulfport Mississippi.  

Neither the local U.S. attorney's office nor southern Mississippi online media identified the Wisconsin person or persons arrested.  

According to the charges, a New York defendant and 17 others were part of the Yahoo Boys gang from West Africa. They allegedly bought people's bank account information from computer hackers -- and then stole money and sent cash and goods to Africa.  

Additional charges were filed in Atlanta and Charleston South Carolina. Besides Wisconsin and New York, the arrests were made in Indiana, California, Canada, and South Africa.  

Media reports said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was investigating the schemes since the fall of 2011 after an identity theft victim in Mississippi called to complain.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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