MOSCOW, March 19 (RAPSI) - Vadim Polyakov, a Russian national detained in Spain, at the request of Washington, will be extradited to the US, as decided by the Spanish Council of Ministers, TASS reports Thursday citing Konstantin Dorokhin, Head of the Consulate of the Russian Embassy in Spain.
The diplomat noted that “Polyakov has been provided with expert assistance by a Russian-speaking lawyer. However, he could not prevent the extradition.”
The exact date of the extradition has not been set.
Polyakov has been wanted by US law enforcement officials for an alleged major fraud.
In late July, the prosecutor’s office in Manhattan brought cyber fraud charges against several individuals, including three Russian citizens. One of them is Vadim Polyakov.
Investigators claim that in March 2013, the suspects hacked into over 1,600 accounts on StubHub, a site that sells tickets to events, and accessed the credit card data of the website’s users.
Using this data, the hackers bought over 3,500 tickets, including tickets for Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, and sent them to the three other defendants, US citizens, for resale.
Polyakov was arrested on July 3 in the Spanish city of Salou and transferred to Madrid at the request of US officials.