Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Russian Pleads Not Guilty to American Retail Scam

Caught Red Handed

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According to American media reports, a Russian national accused of setting up an online fraud ring that used stolen credit card details to defraud American retailers of millions of dollars plead not guilty in a Pittsburgh PA court. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Michigan-based Artur Gorlov, 28, who allegedly used the online pseudonym “Evilvodka”, was indicted on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud in 2011, but remained at large until American authorities arrested him as he disembarked at New York’s JFK Airport last month. Prosecutors have accused Gorlov of helping establish a group called “Atlanta Alliance”, which between 2005 and 2010 is believed to have run a network that used stolen credit card data to buy goods inside the USA. On Monday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that, according to prosecutors, the gang dispatched the merchandise to members of a second network who repackaged the goods and shipped them outside the USA to destinations selected by Gorlov. Prosecutors say that Gorlov used a set of websites to direct the networks and to resell the misappropriated merchandise. Authorities also say that he used the stolen credit cards to pay the fraud ring’s shipping costs and manipulated address details to circumvent US Postal Service security measures. On Monday, Gorlov entered a not guilty plea, and also waived his right to a detention hearing. The Tribune-Review reported that he’s currently being held without bail.

20 November 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/crime/20131120/184835671/Russian-Pleads-Not-Guilty-to-US-Retail-Scam.html

 

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