20 Indicted in Mobile Theft Ring
Twenty people have just been indicted in an alleged mobile theft ring. According to the news, a Minnesota man ran a multimillion-dollar crime ring that involved the theft of phones as well as the fraudulent acquisition of phones, then subsequent reselling of the phones across the US and in the global black market.
Of the twenty people indicted, 8 were owners of cellphone stores and 11 were people accused of acquiring phones. Several of those arrested were members of the alleged leader Jamal Talal Mustafa’s family. The latter suspects, the “runners” or “credit mules,” would acquire the phones at a deep discount by signing up for family plans or business accounts with stolen identities, receiving phones for as little as $200. In other cases, phones were allegedly stolen from stores. Phones could be resold overseas for over $1,000.
The theft ring made more than $4 million since at least 2006.
US Atorney Andrew Luger said the collaboration of multiple law enforcement agencies contributed to taking down “one of the largest criminal enterprises in the Twin Cities.”
Investigating agencies included the Secret Service, FBI, IRS, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Service, Minnesota Department of Public Safety and local police forces from St. Paul, Minneapolis, Edina, Plymouth and the University of Minnesota. Great work by these agencies to help bring down this crime ring.