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January 31, 2015

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Police bust credit card fraud ring in southwest valley

A traffic stop by a Metro Police officer Monday led to a house in the southwest Las Vegas Valley where stolen credit cards and a tampered machine was discovered.

Police say they have been investigating the credit card fraud ring for more than 18 months and are continuing their investigation.

In addition to credit cards and a false ID in a car driven by 38-year-old Davit Kudugulyan, jewelry, DVD players and more credit cards were discovered at a house on Chicory Falls Court, police said.

In addition to a point-of-sale machine that someone tampered with at the residence, police found a card-swipe machine that records magnetic information on credit cards in a smoke shop.

At the Chicory Court house, police arrested 29-year-old Arytun Khoudagoulian, and a third man also has been arrested in connection with the investigation, identified as Hrachya Arakelyan.

Kudugulyan was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on six charges, including two counts of credit card forgery, using a credit card fraudulently, obtaining and possessing a credit card without the owner's permission, using identification of someone else and burglary.

Khoudagoulian and Arakelyan were booked on obtaining and possessing credit cards without the cardholder's consent.

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