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Russian Cyber-Fraud Orchestrator Gets Three-Year Prison Term

A Russian national was sentenced to three years in U.S. prison for being part of a cyber-fraud scheme from Europe that illegally gained computer access to bank accounts via websites claiming to offer goods and merchandise.

Vladimir Zdorovenin, 55, pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan in February to a count of conspiracy and a count of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors alleged that a scheme from 2004 to 2005 in Russia, Zdorovenin, his son, Kirill, and others preyed on U.S. consumers who believed the unauthorized charges were for legitimate goods.