Feds: 3 Gilbert men indicted in money order scheme

Feds: 3 Gilbert men indicted in money order scheme

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CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities say a 60-year-old man and his two sons have been indicted on charges that they ran an elaborate money order scheme from a Chandler grocery store.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Friday that Gilbert resident Gjergj "George" Kol Mihilli and his sons ran the scheme from the Mama Mia Panaderia & Market and issued more than 10,000 fake money orders.

Mihilli and 35-year-old Nikolas George Mihilli and 31-year-old Nino Joseph Mihilli were arrested Wednesday on a 46-count indictment charging them with conspiracy, bank fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft charges.

The trio allegedly would issue money orders to non-existent customers, deposit them in business accounts and then use the money to pay for the money orders while skimming cash off the top.

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