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Eight Men Charged with Customer Data Theft from AT&T

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Eight people have been charged in a US court, accused of stealing customer account details from AT&T and using the information to defraud thousands of customers through their credit cards.

Six of the defendants are in custody, with two still on the run.

According to the indictment, Chouman Syrilien, 25, of Lauderdale Lakes, was employed by Interactive Response Technologies, lnc. (IRT) located in Margate. IRT provides staffing for call centers to handle direct sales and customer inquiries for AT&T.

Syrilien is accused of unlawfully providing a co-conspirator with the personal identifying information from multiple AT&T customer files. Segu also unlawfully provided personal identifying information of numerous individuals to the co-conspirator.

Three of the men were added as "authorized users" on victims' credit or debit card accounts or bank accounts to access the accounts of persons whose personal identifying information had been stolen. Once a co-conspirator's name was added as an "authorized user," the bank and/or credit card company was directed to mail additional debit or credit cards bearing the names of these newly added "authorized users" to their addresses or addresses under their control, all without the true account holder's knowledge or consent. The defendants used these credit and debit cards to make purchases or obtain money.

If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum of thirty years in prison for the conspiracy charge, a maximum of ten years in prison for the access device fraud charge, and a mandatory term of two years in prison for each aggravated identity theft charge, at least one of which must be served consecutive to any other term in prison.

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