Brothers arrested in alleged fraud ring

Brothers arrested in alleged fraud ring

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Atlanta police have arrested two brothers for running what they say was a major fraud ring that caused small businesses across the country to lose more than $300,000.

Investigators say 45-year-old Antonio Sandridge and his 47-year-old brother, Rodney, got lines of credit by creating fake businesses.

The items were shipped to what police call virtual offices at prominent locations in downtown Atlanta and Buckhead.

The fraud manager at Tech Data Corp. noticed a shipping pattern of the company's electronic products going to these offices and notified Atlanta police's Major Fraud Unit.

Detectives say, Omeed Sheikh-Sajjadeih, the son of the store owner was serving as a fence for the Sandridge brothers.

Atlanta police charged all three men with theft by receiving stolen property and criminal receipt of stolen goods.

The Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security are also involved in the investigation and federal charges could be filed.

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