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Published: Saturday, 1/18/2014

Spanish police arrest Dominican national wanted by U.S. for multimillion dollar cellphone fraud

ASSOCIATED PRESS

MADRID — Officials say Spanish police have arrested a fugitive wanted by U.S. authorities for a multimillion dollar cellphone fraud.

Juegers Veloz, a 37-year-old Dominican national, was part of a criminal network that allegedly stole phone account information and used it to make fraudulent calls worldwide.

Officers arrested Veloz, a man listed among the most wanted by the U.S. Secret Service, in a call center on the Balearic island of Mallorca.

The fraud occurred between 2009 and September 2011 in and around New York, where Veloz allegedly formed part of a criminal organization dedicated to illegal cellphone cloning.

The fraud cost legitimate phone owners $17 million and netted the perpetrators more than $250 million, a Spanish Interior Ministry statement said Saturday.

It was not immediately clear when the arrest took place.



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