Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of a nationwide bank fraud scheme that may have deprived customers of more than $100 million, a spokesman from the Huntington Beach Police Department said.
A federal task force that consisted of agents from the United States Secret Service and officers from the Huntington Beach police, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department and Irvine Police Department arrested the suspects Aug. 21, according to a release from the Huntington police.
Sgt. Dale Shields identified five of the people arrested as Deon Callis of Playa del Rey, Leobardo Cantu of Bell and Kenneth Trapp, Mauris Thompson and Larry Mohammad, all of Los Angeles. He declined to name the other two people arrested because he said their level of involvement was not yet clear.
Shields said Huntington police began investigating the case last year when a woman was arrested on suspicion of withdrawing money from a local Chase bank using fraudulent information. The woman, identified as Kandi Puterbaugh, pleaded guilty in July to access device fraud, according to court records.