MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY CHARGES TWO DEFENDANTS WITH $6 MILLION ONLINE CREDIT CARD FRAUD SCHEME

Defendants Allegedly Used Stolen Credit Card Information to Purchase EZ Pass Tags Totaling More Than $100,000

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Brian G. Parr, the Special Agent-In-Charge of the United States Secret Service, Barry L. Kluger, the Inspector General of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Office of the Inspector General (“MTA-OIG”), and Robert E. Van Etten, the Inspector General for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, announced charges today against RANA KHANDAKAR and USAWAN SAELIM for engaging in a $6 million Internet-based credit card fraud scheme.

As part of their scheme, the defendants used stolen credit cards to purchase $100,000 worth of EZ pass tags and credits, which they then re-sold. They also caused fraudulent charges to be made on stolen credit and debit cards and created a bogus website that lured customers into purchasing products that they never received. In total, KHANDAKAR and SAELIM compromised more than 1,400 credit and debit cards, attempting to charge more than $6 million to these accounts. KHANDAKAR and SAELIM were arrested this morning at their home in Brooklyn, New York and are expected to be presented later today in Manhattan federal court.

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