Information Week - Wednesday seventeen people and one corporation being Western Express International of New York, have been indicted with trafficking in cybercrime, and identity theft, stolen credit cards, said Robert M. Morgenthau, a Manhattan District Attorney. A 173-count indictment is the result of a two year joint investigation conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Manhattan District Attorney's Identity Theft Unit. The indictment said defendants with participating in a multinational, Internet based criminal enterprise known to authorities as the "Western Express Cybercrime Group" that trafficked in personal information and stolen credit card data. The defendants are being charged with a class B felony enterprise corruption, that is punishable with up to 25 years in Federal Prison if convicted. Other charges were money laundering, criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument, falsifying business records, scheme to defraud, and criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit the crimes of grand larceny.