NY suspect in cellphone scam caught in Mass.

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(AP) PEABODY, Mass. - A New York man wanted by the U.S. Secret Service for his alleged role in a multimillion dollar cellphone cloning scam has been turned over to federal agents after a brief state court hearing in Massachusetts.

Police in Peabody say they pulled over an SUV just before 3 a.m. Saturday. They say 30-year-old Miguel Argenys Jesurum was driving, but tried to switch places with a female passenger. Police say he appeared nervous, gave officers a false name and did not have a driver's license. Finger printing at the station determined his real identity.

Authorities say Jesurum is allegedly part of a ring that stole information from cellphone accounts and used it to create a black market in international calls.

State traffic charges were dropped Monday and Jesurum was turned over to the Secret Service.

According to a Secret Service press release (PDF), the scheme was worth about $250 million. Jesurum and a partner had been placed on the U.S. Secret Service Most Wanted Fugitives list on February 17.

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