Saturday, January 9, 2010
"U.S. prosecutors indicted 19 people Friday – most in Dallas and Fort Worth – on charges related to a `massive cybercrime conspiracy` that they said defrauded local telecommunications companies and other merchants of $15 million worth of services and goods.
"The indictments follow raids by the FBI last year on two data hosting companies where computer servers were taken on suspicion of fraudulent activity. Friday's move expands a Sept. 2 indictment by U.S. Attorney James Jacks that targeted nine people.
"Several of those charged are believed to have fled the United States; one, Michael Faulkner of Southlake, is reported anonymously to have been killed trying to re-enter the U.S., Jacks' office said, though that has not been confirmed.
"The scheme went from 2003 to 2009 and involved the creation of shell companies through the data hosting companies run by Faulkner, according to the indictment."
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