19 in Europe, US charged in international fraud schemes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say 19 people have been charged in Europe and the U.S. with taking part in international fraud and money laundering conspiracies costing more than $13 million.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said Wednesday in a statement that 17 people have been arrested in New York, Los Angeles, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany and Israel after several years of investigation. Two others remain at large.

Officials say one scheme operated out of Europe and tricked would-be car buyers who sent money but never got their vehicles. In an outgrowth of that scheme, employees at mid-sized and large companies were tricked into wiring money into accounts controlled by members of the criminal enterprise.

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