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July 23, 2014

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Feds on hunt for Las Vegan wanted in massive ID theft ring

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Sedrak Movsesyan

Federal authorities are searching for a Las Vegas man indicted today in connection with a massive fraud ring accused of stealing 2,000 identities to claim millions in bogus tax refunds.

Sedrak Movsesyan, 28, was one of three Las Vegas residents indicted on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Southern California. A total of 55 people, most from Kazakhstan, have been linked to the fraud ring accused of claiming more than $20 million in IRS tax refunds using stolen identities.

The IRS unknowingly paid the group more than $7 million, even issuing payments in the names of dead people.

The charges resulted from a two-year investigation launched by federal and local authorities in San Diego and Los Angeles. Hundreds of federal, state and local authorities have so far caught 23 of those indicted, including Las Vegans Vahag Stepanyan, 32, and Akop Galstian, 57.

Movsesyvan is among 33 who remain at large, including 21 who are believed to be out of the country.

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