8 plead guilty in LA-area ID theft scheme

Eight people charged with taking part in bank fraud and identity theft for the Armenian Power street gang have pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to federal crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Eight people charged with taking part in bank fraud and identity theft for the Armenian Power street gang have pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to federal crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Getty Images

Eight people charged with taking part in bank fraud and identity theft for the Armenian Power street gang have pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to federal crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The U.S. attorney's office says the eight - all living in Los Angeles and nearby suburbs - entered pleas on Tuesday. They face maximum sentences ranging from two to 102 years in prison, depending on the charges.

They're among 70 people charged two years ago with crimes involving Armenian Power, a Hollywood gang that formed in the 1980s. Prosecutors said they used skimming devices to steal debit card information from customers at 99 Cents Only stores, then created counterfeit debit cards and stole more than $2 million from bank accounts.

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