MOSCOW, May 26 (RAPSI, Yevgeniya Sokolova) – Three alleged members of an organized criminal group charged with cybertheft of one billion rubles ($17.6 million) from Russian banks had admitted guilt, RAPSI learnt in the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow on Friday.

Fourteen defendants are charged with organizing a criminal group, membership in a criminal group, cyber fraud and theft. Three of them, Sergey Makhnichev, Nikita Khadzibekyan and Mikhail Oreshkin have admitted guilt.

According to investigators, in July through November, 2014, Yury Lysenko organized a criminal group specializing in theft of funds from the commercial banks, allegedly managing to embezzle over one billion rubles. It is also suspected that the group is responsible for stealing additional 5.7 million rubles (about $100,500) in March through July of 2015.

The Prosecutor’s General Office noted that one of the members, Anton Testov, had already been convicted in this case.