Information for Victims in Large Cases

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Case Name Familiar Names and Terms District or Division Overview
Alejanro Arias-Perez USAO - Wisconsin, Western

On May 11, 2017, Arias-Perez was charged in the Western District of Wisconsin with installing credit card skimmers at two gas stations in Madison on August 12, 2016. On April 27, 2017. a search warrant was executed at Arias-Perez’s residence in Miami, Florida. During the search, agents located various electronic devices and equipment used for stealing credit card information. Based on a forensic analysis of the electronic equipment recovered from Arias-Perez’s residence and the recovered skimmers in the case, investigators have determined that Arias-Perez is responsible for the theft of approximately 57,000 credit card numbers.

Alejanro Arias-Perez USAO - Wisconsin, Western

On May 11, 2017, Arias-Perez was charged in the Western District of Wisconsin with installing credit card skimmers at two gas stations in Madison on August 12, 2016. On April 27, 2017. a search warrant was executed at Arias-Perez’s residence in Miami, Florida. During the search, agents located various electronic devices and equipment used for stealing credit card information. Based on a forensic analysis of the electronic equipment recovered from Arias-Perez’s residence and the recovered skimmers in the case, investigators have determined that Arias-Perez is responsible for the theft of approximately 57,000 credit card numbers.

Justin Cain USAO - Wisconsin, Western

Justin Cain was a postal employee in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was suspected of stealing mail from the post office after he sold a stolen baseball card to a local vender. On October 18, 2013, federal agents made a controlled purchase of 23 purported gift cards from Cain. Three days later, on October 21, 2013, Cain was arrested by officers from the La Crosse Police Department with mail in his vehicle. During an interview with law enforcement officers, Cain admitted to stealing mail in order to feed his heroin addiction. Cain told investigators the stolen mail pieces were burned after items of value where removed.

United States v. Charles Hallinan USAO - Pennsylvania, Eastern

Intercept Corporation, d/b/a “InterceptEFT” (“Intercept”), a privately held corporation headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, operating an illegal money transmittal business. Intercept was a “third party payment processor” which processed electronic funds transfers for its clients through the Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) system, an electronic payments network that processed financial transactions without using paper checks. Among Intercept’s clients were numerous business entities that issued, serviced, funded, and collected debt from short-term, high-interest loans, commonly referred to as “payday loans,” because such loans are supposed to be repaid when the borrower received his or her next paycheck or regular income payment. Payday loans are effectively illegal in more than a dozen states, including Pennsylvania, and are highly regulated in many other states.

Karim Baratov, a/k/a “Kay, ” “Karim Taloverov, ” “Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov”; Dmitry Dokuchaev, a/k/a “Patrick Nagel”; Igor Sushchin; Alexsey Belan, a/k/a “Magg”; Google; Yandex; Yahoo USAO - California, Northern

Four defendants were charged with the hacking of several mail service providers including Yahoo, Google and Yandex (Russian based server) on behalf of the Russian Federal Security Service, a/k/a the “FSB.. Defendants were also successful in obtaining user login information through spear phishing techniques.

Custom Wristbands, Kulayful Silicone Bracelets, Kulayful.com, Speedywristbands.com, Promotionalbands.com, Wristbandcreations.com, 1inchbracelets.com, Christopher Angeles, promotional products, wristbands Antitrust Division

Christopher Angeles was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and maintaining prices of customized promotional products, including wristbands, sold in the United States and elsewhere from at least as early as June 2014 and continuing until at least June 2016.

Custom Wristbands, Kulayful Silicone Bracelets, Kulayful.com, Speedywristbands.com, Promotionalbands.com, Wristbandcreations.com, 1inchbracelets.com, Christopher Angeles, promotional products, wristbands Antitrust Division

Custom Wristbands, Inc. was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and maintaining prices of customized promotional products, including wristbands, sold in the United States and elsewhere from at least as early as June 2014 and continuing until at least June 2016.

Zaappaaz, WB Promotions, Wrist-Band.com, Customlanyard.net, Azim Makanojiya, promotional products, wristbands, lanyards Antitrust Division

Azim Makanojiya was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and maintaining prices of customized promotional products, including wristbands and lanyards, sold in the United States and elsewhere, from at least as early as October 2014 and continuing until at least June 2016.

Zaappaaz, WB Promotions, Wrist-Band.com, Customlanyard.net, Azim Makanojiya, promotional products, wristbands, lanyards Antitrust Division

Zaappaaz, Inc. was charged with engaging in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and maintaining prices of customized promotional products, including wristbands and lanyards, sold in the United States and elsewhere, from at least as early as October 2014 and continuing until at least June 2016.

Christian Meissenn, William Lieberman, Corey Brinson, Damian Delgado, Michael Neumann USAO - Connecticut

Christian Meissenn, William Lieberman, Damian Delgado (also known as Michael Neumann), and others ran a securities fraud “pump and dump” scheme. The defendants fraudulently induced investors to purchase stocks issued by shell companies under the control of Lieberman and other co-conspirators. The effect was to artificially boost the trading volume of the securities, create the appearance of liquidity, and falsely drive up the share price. The defendants and their co-conspirators then sold their own shares at a profit before allowing the price of the securities to fall, leaving investors with worthless and unsalable stock. As a result, victim investors lost millions of dollars. The defendants laundered their profits through the trust accounts of various attorneys, including Corey Brinson. The issuing companies involved in the scheme included Terra Energy Resources Ltd. (stock symbol “TRRE”); Mammoth Energy Group, Inc. (stock symbol “MMTE”), a company that later became Strategic Asset Leasing Inc. (stock symbol “LEAS”); Trilliant Exploration Corporation (stock symbol “TTXP”); Hermes Jets, Inc. (stock symbol “HRMJ”), which later became Continental Beverage Brands Corporation (stock symbol “CBBB”); Dolat Ventures, Inc. (stock symbol “DOLV”), and Fox Petroleum, Inc. (stock symbol “FXPT”). Meissenn, Lieberman, and Delgado have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and tax evasion charges.  They await sentencing.  Brinson has pleaded guilty to money laundering, and has been sentenced to 3 years in prison.              

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