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Police break up ID theft ring

Oak Brook police recovered sophisticated equipment that is capable of manufacturing credit cards from a Calumet City home last week.

November 10, 2010 6:09:41 PM PST
Oak Brook police recovered sophisticated equipment that is capable of manufacturing credit cards from a Calumet City home last week.

Police say the raid brought an end to an identity theft ring that involved hundreds of victims across the country. Officials say investigators found the machines, blank credit cards, magnetic strips, holograms and the credit card and social security information of victims. The machines are made in China.

Federal prosecutors expect to charge two people from the Chicago area in the next few days. Officials say they have international ties.

"There is more to the case and we are still working to identify another offender," said the Oak Brook Police Chief Thomas Sheahan.

More than 400 identities were at risk, according to investigators.


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