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Travel agents indicted for robbing Indian-Americans

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Four Pakistani citizens were among the 10 travel agents indicted here for running a fraudulent business and stealing over a million dollar from nearly 200 India-bound travellers, who were left stranded in the U.S.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced the indictment of the 10 individuals connected to a commercial travel scam in which the agents, using credit card information obtained illegally, were able to steal more than a million dollar from the 200 victims.

The defendants, four of whom live in Pakistan, are each charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court on varying counts of grand larceny, identity theft and scheme to defraud.

Fraudulent accounts

According to the indictment, between June 2012 and November 2014, the agents operated a business involving multiple incorporated travel agencies and several bank accounts that were fraudulently opened in the name of the travel agencies, using falsified passports and licenses.

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