On June 6, 2005, a federal complaint was obtained for Ziyad Arnaout in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, after he allegedly committed more than one million dollars in credit card fraud and was charged with conspiracy to commit credit card fraud. Arnaout was one of the leaders of a large Middle Eastern Criminal Enterprise (MECE) operating in New Jersey and elsewhere. The MECE was engaged in numerous financial fraud schemes and was linked to over four million dollars in credit card fraud and bank fraud. On August 9, 2010, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Arnaout after he was charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud.
Arnaout is a naturalized United States Citizen, although he is thought to be overseas.