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Romanian Authorities Arrest 24 Suspects In Internet Crime Frauds

Date: July 16, 2008

Romanian authorities Tuesday arrested 24 people suspected of defrauding foreign nationals of over EUR400,000 with computer crimes, including credit card fraud.

The suspects allegedly staged fake internet auctions and used forged credit cards, according t Romanian prosecutors specialized in organized crime and terrorism.

Romanian authorities made the arrests in the capital Bucharest and Ramnicu Valcea, Sibiu, Alexandria, Dragasani and Hunedoara, following an operation plan established together with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), official sources said.

The group’s alleged leader, Romeo Chita, was apprehended at the house of democrat liberal lawmaker Dumitru Puzdrea. Puzdrea said he was unaware of a crime group operating at one of his apartments.

In May, American authorities announced charges against 38 suspects in the U.S. and Romania in two indictments of alleged computer and credit card fraud.

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