Scottsdale optometrist among 5 indicted for fraud

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PHOENIX -- A Scottsdale optometrist and four Phoenix residents people have been indicted in connection with a credit-card fraud case.

A federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a 48-count indictment against 35-year-old Baseem Wahab and the others for a wire fraud, conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and receipt of stolen goods.

Authorities on Wednesday identified the others indicted as 37-year-old Frank Hernandez, 36-year-old Raynaldo Montelongo, 35-year-old Ivan Gutierrez and 24-year-old Esperanza Naomi Granado.

The indictment alleges that Wahab, Hernandez, Montelongo, Gutierrez and Granado devised a scheme to obtain American Express Corporation credit cards based upon false representations and then used the cards along with fraudulent ID cards to purchase luxury items for resale.

Authorities say the fraudulently purchased goods were kept in or brought back to Arizona from other states and held for resale.

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