Alleged conspirators in nationwide fraud scheme behind bars

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Two of three men indicted for allegedly conspiring in a telephone-based scheme to steal tens of thousands of dollars from Inland Empire residents and others throughout the country were behind bars Friday, Oct. 23, awaiting trial on federal charges. Elmer Miranda Barrios, 35, of Lake Elsinore and his cousin, 36-year-old William Margarito Barrios of Mexico, were arrested Thursday after an indictment was unsealed charging both with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. William Barrios is additionally charged with being an illegal alien in the United States after deportation. A third defendant, 30-year-old Anuj M. Patel of Lake Elsinore, remains free and is likely to make a court appearance before the end of the year, according to U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman
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