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MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) Prosecutors on Long Island have arrested several employees of a modeling agency allegedly involved in scamming clients.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman say parents were promised high paying modeling jobs for their children.

They say the agency pocketed more than $250,000 of clients' money that was purportedly needed for photo shoots and other things. In reality, they say no modeling jobs existed.

Prospective clients were targeted at shopping malls, beaches and other public places.

Three employees were awaiting arraignment Wednesday. An arrest warrant was issued for the CEO of the Hicksville-based agency. It operated as both Model Talent Development Corp. and New Faces Development Center, Inc.

The name of an attorney for the agency, which closed in 2012, was not immediately available.