Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a father and son on fraud charges as they were allegedly about to board a plane from Los Angeles to Moscow.
U.S. attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek says Friday that 45-year-old Viktor Ryzhkin and 22-year-old Evgenii Ryzhkin were arrested Thursday. Both are Russians nationals.
Prosecutors allege that the father sent bogus invoices to California small businesses in a mail fraud scheme that caused at least 5,000 victims to send money to a fake company that pretended to be a state agency.