Feds Bust 15 In US ID Theft Ring

** All Things Conservative is following the story of a curious fake ID ring of several Middle Eastern men that that pulled in $10 million.

NBC13 Alabama has this story on one of the 15 arrested today:

Fifteen people were arrested Wednesday in New York for allegedly defrauding numerous financial institutions of millions of dollars.

The men are accused of a long list of crimes including making false identification documents like driver’s licenses, resident alien cards, social security cards and tax identification documents…

The federal government said Ali is a man who could get a lifetime in federal prison as he faces a 16 count indictment accusing him of producing false id documents, aggravated id theft, bank fraud, wire fraud, visa fraud and money laundering totaling at least $10 million.

Investigators said Khan was part of a ring that created false identities for people and businesses. Khan and his co-conspirators allegedly established bank accounts, credit cards, lucrative loans and expensive home mortgages using those fake identities. Khan is also facing charges of stealing high end vehicles like Hummers and Porsches.

Here are the names of the defendents from All Things Conservative:

TAHIR ALI KHAN, FAYYAZ AHMED, ARIE BENSHIMON, NAVEED ALI BHINDAR, SYED HASSAN, MUHAMMAD ISHAQ, BASHARAT JARRAL, NADEEM KHAN, GHULAM MEHMOOD, HAHEEN MUKHTAR, QAISER QURESHI, FRANKLIN RODRIGUEZ, SYED SHAH, OSCAR SANCHEZ, and PRADIPT SHARMA.

Call me Islamophobic but that list does raise questions.
ATC has the 6 page federal indictment HERE.

Related… HotAir reported yesterday that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees are accused of aiding Islamic extremists with identification fraud.

More… On August 7th The Washington Times reported that: “U.S. authorities yesterday arrested a U.N. translator accused of running an extravagant scheme with two partners to sell U.S. visas, mostly to nationals from the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan.”

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