FBI investigating CO-based fraud scheme

15 Aug

Criminals have scammed $80 million from banks and credit card companies

DENVER – A major FBI investigation is underway in Colorado, involving bank and credit card fraud. This investigation could involve as much as $80 million in fraudulent transactions.

Four people were arrested Friday and many more arrests are expected as this investigation continues.

And while the Feds are being tight-lipped about their investigation it’s apparently a very large scale organized operation.

Federal indictments against the two women who appear in court Friday afternoon, 23 year old Nadezda Nikitina, and 26 year old Natallia Vishnevskaya say each was part of an organized effort to defraud banking institutions out of large sums of money, assets and property using a variety of schemes.

Both are charged with one count each of bank fraud, and false and fraudulent bank applications. Each count carries a penalty of 30 years in prison and a one million dollar fine.

At least one of the women is accused of using at least ten thousand dollars on a credit card, to purchase a vehicle at Maaliki motors.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says the investigation is continuing and several more arrests are expected.

full story: http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-credit-fraud-invest-081409,0,3844775.story

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