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The Metropolitan Police's eCrime unit has charged 12 people with fraud and money laundering offences connected to iTunes.

The 12 have been charged with various offences after an investigation carried out with help from the FBI. The alleged fraud involved the use of a US firm to upload tracks to iTunes and Amazon, and the use of stolen credit cards to buy the tracks.

Amazon and Apple unwittingly paid out royalties to the gang totalling $300,000 (£193,000). The offences are believed to have happened between September 2008 and January 2009.

The suspects are: Denver White, 24 (18.11.85), a care worker of Helming Drive, Wolverhampton; Rajan Aheer, 20 (09.10.89), a librarian of Wellington Road, Wolverhampton; Craig Anderson, 23 (14.05.87), unemployed of Edwin Road, Dartford; Kent Arran Jassi, 20 (05.11.89), a postal worker of Denmore Gardens, Wolverhampton; Sandeep Aheer, 22 (07.09.87), unemployed of Wellington Road, Wolverhampton; Colton Johnson, 19 (25.11.90), unemployed of Deansfield Road, Wolverhampton; Lamar Johnson, 19 (02.08.91), of Birmingham; James Batchelor, 27 (15.10.82), a teacher of Stone Hill Road, Derby.

They will appear on bail at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 15 September charged with conspiracy to defraud.

Further suspects are Siobhan Clarke, 23 (21.04.87), a hairdresser of Limes Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey; Sheahan Steele, 41 (01.11.68), a drugs counsellor of Pakfield Walk, Aston, Birmingham; Matthew Clarke, 31 (13.04.79), unemployed of Cross Farm Road, Birmingham; Leon Miles, 19 (05.09.90), unemployed of Brooklands Parade, Wolverhampton.

The four will appear on bail at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 15 September charged with money laundering. ®

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