Authorities Charge 6 in Chicago Apple Store Traveling Fraud Scheme
Six people from New York have been charged with allegedly attempting fraudulent transactions at the Deer Park Apple Store near Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. Lake County authorities tell the paper that the scheme is an „organized criminal enterprise.“
Last week, authorities learned that the scheme was being attempted at various Apple Stores in the Chicago area. The suspects were using stolen identities and credit card numbers throughout the country to make purchases, according to police.
Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told the Chicago Tribune that the suspects would fly into O’Hare International Airport, rent a car, and immediately head to local Apple Stores to attempt the enterprise. Authorities began increasing patrols and surveillance around the Deer Park store after another store in Schaumburg was targeted. Between Wednesday and Sunday, six people attempted the scheme at the store. Police recovered $10,000 worth of stolen Apple products from the alleged suspects.
Covelli said the traveling scheme is not common with out-of-state individuals.
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