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Russian national accused of stealing $3mln in U.S to plead guilty

Tags: Banking, Fraud, USA
12:55 23/09/2011

MOSCOW, September 23 - RAPSI, Sergei Feklyunin. A Russian national, accused of involvement in stealing almost $3 million from bank accounts, has agreed to plead guilty, reads the document, provided by the prosecutor's office.

The U.S. prosecutor's office and FBI announced in September 2010 that they had discovered a criminal ring, which comprised mostly East European citizens.

The majority of suspects are young people aging from 20 to 26 who entered the United States via student visas. All of them were accused of taking part in stealing money from the U.S. bank accounts.

Investigators maintain that the suspects were cracking bank accounts using a computer virus. They transferred funds to other accounts, from which they withdrew the money and remitted it abroad.

The prosecutor reports that Nikolai Garifulin, who was accused of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, notified the state prosecution that he is ready to plead guilty through his attorney.

Therefore the prosecutors requested the court to cancel the pretrial meeting, scheduled for September 23, and set January 13, 2012, to pass the sentence.

RAPSI has yet to obtain comments from Garifulin.

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Russian national accused of stealing $3mln in U.S to plead guilty

12:55 23/09/2011 A Russian national, accused of involvement in stealing almost $3 million from bank accounts, has agreed to plead guilty, reads the document, provided by the prosecutor's office.
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