Trio accused of targeting people in mail fraud scheme netting over $500K

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Three men accused of conspiring with others outside the country to steal money from Inland Empire residents and people elsewhere in the U.S. by claiming they were federal agents collecting fines connected to warrants were arrested Thursday, Oct. 22 on federal charges. Anuj M. Patel, 30, and Elmer Miranda Barrios, 35, both of Lake Elsinore, along with Barrios' cousin, 36-year-old William Margarito Barrios of Mexico, were indicted this month for alleged conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. William Barrios is also charged with being an illegal alien in the United States after deportation. The trio were slated to make a joint initial court appearance this afternoon at U.S. District Court in Riverside. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that between April 2019 an
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