Article: Israeli pleads guilty to money laundering on dark web, faces 20-year sentence

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Israeli pleads guilty to money laundering on dark web, faces 20-year sentence

Neta Bar, 02 April 2021

Tal Prihar, a 37-year old Israeli living in Brazil, pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating illegal transactions on the darknet, including purchasing firearms, heroin, and other contraband.

According to court documents, Phihar and his partner, another Israeli named Michael Phan, earned $8.4 million through running DeepDotWeb, a website that provided users with direct links to illegal darknet marketplaces. In return, Phihar and Phan received payments from the marketplaces in the form of bitcoin virtual currency.

To conceal the payments, Phihar transferred them from his bitcoin wallet to other accounts he owned in the names of shell companies. Continue reading “Article: Israeli pleads guilty to money laundering on dark web, faces 20-year sentence”

Article: Federal Prosecutors allege credit union CEO embezzled $2M

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Federal Prosecutors allege credit union CEO embezzled $2M

ACG, 23 March 2021

In May 2017, five months after Stacey Shaw became president and CEO of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 712 Federal Credit Union in Beaver, Pennsylvania, she opened credit cards issued by the union. Federal prosecutors allege she made more than $2 million in charges and cash advances through March 2020, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Court documents filed by prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh charged Shaw with one felony count of embezzlement from a federal credit union and two felony counts of failing to file federal income tax returns. Continue reading “Article: Federal Prosecutors allege credit union CEO embezzled $2M”

Article: Russian Nationals Charged With Series of Hacking and Bank Fraud Offenses

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Russian Nationals Charged With Series of Hacking and Bank Fraud Offenses

Security Magazine, 05 December 2019

The US, through its Departments of Justice and State, and the UK, through its National Crime Agency (NCA), announced the unsealing of criminal charges in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Lincoln, Nebraska, against Maksim V. Yakubets, aka online moniker, “aqua,” 32, of Moscow, Russia, related to two separate international computer hacking and bank fraud schemes spanning from May 2009 to the present. A second individual, Igor Turashev, 38, from Yoshkar-Ola, Russia, was also indicted in Pittsburgh for his role related to the “Bugat” malware conspiracy. Continue reading “Article: Russian Nationals Charged With Series of Hacking and Bank Fraud Offenses”

Article: Russian Hacking Group Evil Corp. Charged By Federal Prosecutors In Alleged Bank Fraud

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Russian Hacking Group Evil Corp. Charged By Federal Prosecutors In Alleged Bank Fraud

BOBBY ALLYN, 05 December 2019

Federal law enforcement officials have announced criminal charges against two Russian nationals who operate a hacking organization known as Evil Corp., a group officials say is responsible for one of the most sweeping banking fraud schemes in the past decade.

The criminal indictments were unsealed in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Lincoln, Nebraska, against Maksim Yakubets, 32, and Igor Turashev, 38, both of whom live in Russia. The duo are accused of bank and wire fraud and computer hacking, among other counts. Continue reading “Article: Russian Hacking Group Evil Corp. Charged By Federal Prosecutors In Alleged Bank Fraud”