Las Vegas Grand Jury Indicts 36 Cyber Criminals

LAS VEGAS, NV – A Las Vegas grand jury indicted 36 individuals in connection with a "transnational racketeering conspiracy," perpetrated by the online cybercriminal entity known as Infraud Organization. The indictment alleges the organization and those involved stole the identities, financial information, credit and debit card information of "millions" of people in all 50 states.

The indictment was announced by acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the United States Justice Department, U.S Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada, and acting Executive Associate Director of U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) Derek N. Benner. They allege that the criminal organization defrauded people of over $530 million collectively.

"Today’s indictment and arrests mark one of the largest cyberfraud enterprise prosecutions ever undertaken by the Department of Justice," Cronan said.

Infraud Organization was founded by Svyatoslav Bondarenko, 34, of Ukraine in October 2010. He also goes by the aliases "Obnon," "Rector," and "Helkern."

According to the indictment, "the organization directed traffic and potential purchasers to the automated vending sites of its members, which served as online conduits to traffic in stolen means of identification, stolen financial and banking information, malware, and other illicit goods. It also provided an escrow service to facilitate illicit digital currency transactions among its members and employed screening protocols that purported to ensure only high quality vendors of stolen cards, personally identifiable information, and other contraband were permitted to advertise to members."

The indictment outlines a structured organization, with administrators, moderators, super moderators, vendors, members, and VIP members. There were over 10,000 registered members of the organization as of March 2017.

Charges are being brought against 36 individuals. Thirteen have been arrested so far, coming from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Kosovo, and Serbia with the assistance of local, state, federal, and international law enforcement agencies.

The indictment comes as a result of an investigation conducted by the HIS Las Vegas Office, the Henderson Police Department, the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, and the District of Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office.

"Criminal cyber organizations like Infraud threaten not just U.S. citizens but people in every corner of the globe," Benner said. "The actions of computer hackers and identity thieves not only harm countless innocent Americans, but the threat they pose to our financial system and global commerce cannot be overstated."

Charges have been brought against the following individuals:

Svyatoslav Bondarkeno of Ukraine;Amjad Ali aka "Amjad Ali Chaudary," aka "RedruMZ," aka "Amjad Chaudary," 35, of Pakistan;Roland Patrick N’Djimbi Tchikaya aka "Darker," aka "dark3r.cvv," 37, of France;Miroslav Kovacevic aka "Goldjunge," 32, of Serbia;Frederick Thomas aka "Mosto," aka "1stunna," aka "Bestssn," 37, of Alabama;Osama Abdelhamed aka "MrShrnofr," aka "DrOsama," aka "DrOsama1," 27, of Egypt;Besart Hoxha aka "Pizza," 25, of Kosovo;Raihan Ahmed aka "Chan," aka "Cyber Hacker," aka "Mae Tony," aka "Tony," 26, of Bangladesh;Andrey Sergeevich Novak aka "Unicc," aka "Faaxxx," aka "Faxtrod" of the Russian Federation;Valerian Chiochiu aka "Onassis," aka "Flagler," aka "Socrate," aka "Eclessiastes," 28, of Moldova;John Doe #8 aka "Aimless88;"Gennaro Fioretti aka "DannyLogort," aka "Genny Fioretti," 56, of Italy;Edgar Rojas aka "Edgar Andres Viloria Rojas," aka "Guapo," aka "Guapo1988," aka "Onlyshop," 27, of Australia;John Telusma aka "John Westley Telusma," aka "Peterelliot," aka "Pete," aka "Pette," 33, of Brooklyn, New York;Rami Fawaz aka "Rami Imad Fawaz," aka "Validshop," aka "Th3d," aka "Zatcher," aka "Darkeyes," 26, of Ivory Coast;Muhammad Shiraz aka "Moviestar," aka "Leslie" of Pakistan;Jose Gamboa aka "Jose Gamboa-Soto," aka "Rafael Garcia," aka "Rafael101," aka "Memberplex2006" aka "Knowledge," 29, of Los Angeles, California;Alexey Klimenko aka "Grandhost," 34, of Ukraine;Edward Lavoile aka "Eddie Lavoie," aka "Skizo," aka "Eddy Lavoile," 29, of Canada;Anthony Nnamdi Okeakpu aka "Aslike1," aka "Aslike," aka "Moneymafia," aka "Shilonng," 29, of the United Kingdom;Pius Sushil Wilson aka "FDIC," aka "TheRealGuru," aka "TheRealGuruNYC," aka "RealGuru," aka "Po1son," aka "1nfection," aka "1nfected," 31, of Flushing, New York;Muhammad Khan aka "CoolJ2," aka "CoolJ," aka "Secureroot," aka "Secureroot1," aka "Secureroot2," aka "Mohammed Khan," 41, of Pakistan;John Doe #7 aka "Muad’Dib;"John Doe #1 aka "Carlitos," aka "TonyMontana;"David Jonathan Vargas aka "Cashmoneyinc," aka "Avb," aka "Poony," aka "Renegade11," aka "DvdSVrgs," 33, of San Diego, California;John Doe #2;Marko Leopard aka "Leopardmk," 28, of Macedonia;John Doe #4 aka "Best4Best," aka "Wazo," aka "Modmod," aka "Alone1," aka"Shadow," aka "Banderas," aka "Banadoura;"Liridon Musliu aka "Ccstore," aka "Bowl," aka "Hulk," 26, of Kosovo;John Doe #5 aka "Deputat," aka "Zo0mer;"Mena Mouries Abd El-Malak aka "Mina Morris," aka "Source," aka "Mena2341," aka "MenaSex," 34, of Egypt; andJohn Doe #6 aka "Goldenshop,"aka "Malov."

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