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When you launder money, what you're doing is turn "dirty" money (illegally obtained) into "clean" money (legally obtained).

A stolen credit card is in and of itself dirty money, but when it buys V-Bucks, it's turning that money into "grey" money (because nobody is monitoring it too closely so no one can know if it's legal or not), and when you sell those V-Bucks for "clean" money, you're supposedly engaging in a legal transaction, so now all the money involved is clean.

They could track the cards down and try to take the money back from the thieves, but my guess is they used external IPs, probably server farms in poorly-regulated countries, and they withdrew the money in a private way that doesn't allow Epic or the authorities to get any personal information from them.

Or maybe they're stupid thieves and they put in their names somewhere, or left a trail, in which case, they'll get arrested quite soon.