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ID Fraud Ringleader Sentenced in Newark

A man authorities say was the ringleader of a massive identity fraud ring that caused more than $4 million in losses has been sentenced to prison.

A federal judge in Newark on Tuesday ordered South Korean native Sang-Hyun Park to serve 12 years.

Park was arrested in the fall of 2010 in what the U.S. attorney’s office said was an ID theft ring that bought Social Security cards fraudulently obtained from Asian immigrants working in American territories, including Guam, American Samoa and Saipan.

They then resold the cards to Korean immigrants in the territorial U.S. who used them to apply for U.S. driver’s licenses or get credit cards.

More than 50 people were charged.

Park pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

 

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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