(CN) – Manhattan authorities arrested 14 members of a criminal ring that has netted $30 million in credit card and bank frauds committed over the last decade.
The defendants, who were arrested Thursday, collaborated with various merchants to charge credit cards for goods and services that were never provided, according to a federal indictment.
In one case, prosecutors say Ezaz Choudhury and Zia Alam obtained $500,000 mortgage and home equity loans using a fake name and social security number.
The other defendants are Rashed Ahmed, Firoz Milon, Mohd Altaf, Mohammed Alam, Shajahan Kabal, Mohammed Miah, Shamsul Afrin, Manjur Alam, Mohammed Kawsher, Mazharul Mamun, Azm Sarwar and Matiar Rahman.
The defendants are charged variously with conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud and identity theft.
The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood.