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Court papers allege that somebody fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in parts from Dell Computers by making hundreds of calls while pretending to place orders for Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories in New Mexico.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the alleged fraud reportedly started in 2007 and continued until 2010.
The case was turned over to the Secret Service that year after a Dell security investigator contacted Albuquerque police.
Two Albuquerque men were indicted last May on 131 state counts each of fraud up to $20,000. Ronald Campus and Allan Friedt have pleaded not guilty.
The newspaper reported that a caller who identified himself as Andy Tyler made more than 600 calls to Dell between 2007 and 2009, using serial numbers of the lab computers to place orders.
It appears a Dell Computers security agent broke the scheme.
According to the affidavit obtained by the newspaper:
The U.S. Secret Service got the case in February 2010 from the Albuquerque Police Department, which had been contacted by Don Samuels, a Dell security investigator.
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