The arrests of Daniel Dominguez Guardiola and Mary Carmen Vaquera Garcia as they tried to enter the United States at McAllen, Texas, Monday could indicate the stolen personal information from as many as 110 million Target credit- and debit-card customers has started making its way through U.S. stores through groups of shoppers using fraudulent cards, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
McAllen police Lt. Joel Morales said Guardiola and Garcia each had outstanding warrants alleging credit- and debit-card fraud.
Morales said the tie to the Target hacking came from the U.S. Secret Service U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and banking institutions, the Times reported.
Last month, Minneapolis-based Target first said up to 40 million customers' credit and debit card accounts used at its U.S. stores were illegally accessed from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15. The company later said hackers also may have stolen the names, and the home and email addresses of as many as 110 million shoppers.
Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said Monday the investigation remained "active and ongoing."
Morales said federal law enforcement agencies were expected to file more charges against Garcia and Guardiola soon.
Target is being sued by more than a dozen customers in relation to the security breach and by a Seattle law firm that is accusing the retailer of ignoring earlier warnings about failings in its security systems. Putnam Bank in Connecticut also filed a federal complaint against Target, alleging the hack resulted in "significant losses" for the financial institution because of card reissuance and fraud-related reimbursements to customers.
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