Nine Indicted, Seven Arrested in Nationwide $10 Million Money Order Scam
Seven people were arrested on charges of attempting to defraud the Government by producing well over $10 million worth of fictitious money orders that appeared to be issued by the Department of Transportation and Department of Treasury. A 25 count indictment unsealed by the U.S. District Court for New Jersey describes an elaborate fraud scheme by a group working in the Camden and Atlantic City, NJ, area, that produced false money orders and submitted them as payment for mortgages, auto loans, and other personal items, such as tickets aboard the Concorde SST. The indictment describes the nine defendants as members of an organization known as the Al Moroccan Empire or Moors. According to the indictment, between May 2000 and December 2001, the defendants, using the services of a commercial printer, created thousands of fictitious money orders that were supposed to be authorized by DOT and Treasury. The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the Secret Service, and OIG.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the government, all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.