3 More Arrests In Racketeering Case

More than half of the 159 victims were between 13 and 15 years old.

Police have made three more arrests in a criminal racketeering organization, which has allegedly swindled more than $40,000 from local financial institutions.

Authorities have been searching for 14 fugitives associated with the organization.

The DA's office told 11 News Wednesday that Cordell Lacour, 21, Darius Paia, 25, and Rebecca Garcia, 21, were all recently brought into custody. The DA's office did not know when or where the arrests occurred.

With the latest arrests, this brings the number of fugitives still at large down to eight. Three others from the group were formally charged Monday.

The suspects are accused of recruiting citizens to open bank accounts using their own identities. Once the accounts were open, the suspects would have the recruits deposit stolen checks to artificially inflate the account balances. The recruits would turn over the new debit cards to the suspects, who would then use the debit cards to make ATM withdrawals of the funds before the bank was able to process the stolen checks through the Federal Reserve System.

During the investigation police learned the suspects were also laundering the ATM money through vehicle purchases.