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The BBC's Alice Grahame
"The alleged theft was picked up by the FBI"
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BBC Wales's Jon Manel reports
"The alleged fraud was picked up by the FBI at the end of last year"
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Saturday, 25 March, 2000, 12:49 GMT
Hackers released on police bail
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The FBI travelled to Wales to question the pair
A teenager arrested in Wales after an FBI investigation into an alleged $3m internet credit card fraud incident had been working as an IT manager.

Raphael Gray, 18, had quit his job a few weeks ago with mail order company Console King, according to his former boss Sam Lee.

Mr Gray and a second teenager, who has not been named, were arrested by UK detectives on computer hacking charges after an international operation.

The pair have been bailed to return to an undisclosed police station at an undisclosed date.

Dyfed-Powys Police earlier confirmed that two 18-year-old men from the Clunderwen area of Pembrokeshire, near Narberth, were questioned over allegations of the theft of credit card information.

The teenagers are alleged to have stolen credit card information from more than 26,000 accounts and disclosed that information on the Internet, the FBI said.

The arrests followed a joint investigation by the FBI and Dyfed-Powys Police.

It is understood that agents from the FBI travelled to Britain as part of the international investigation.

The detectives were on the trail of hackers who they believe had broken into business computers in the United States, Canada, Thailand and Britain stealing credit card information with a potential value of millions.

Hacking allegations

The two teenagers were arrested in connection with alleged offences of computer hacking under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

The alleged fraud was picked up by the FBI at the end of last year.

On Thursday night, police raided a property in Clynderwen and confiscated a home computer worth around 700 and arrested two 18-year-olds.

One of the teenagers told the BBC how he was woken at 0800GMT on Thursday by a number of police officers who turned up in a riot van and an FBI officer wearing a trench coat.

He said he was taken to Tenby Police station for questioning and all his equipment including his Playstation were seized.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Internet security consultants were also involved in the investigation.

The international banking and credit card industry also provided substantial co-operation, the FBI said.

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