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Russia Meddling Probe Nabs Californian for Selling Fake IDs

  • Richard Pinedo becomes 3rd person to plead guilty for Mueller
  • Pinedo wasn’t ‘witting participant’ in meddling, U.S. says
Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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A California man who ran a business trafficking in stolen identities and bank accounts pleaded guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Richard Pinedo of Santa Paula, California, admitted to selling bank account numbers so that clients could circumvent security features of online digital payment companies like Paypal.
He pleaded guilty to a single charge of identity theft and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.