Information for Victims in Large Cases
|Case Name||Familiar Names and Terms||District or Division||Overview|
|US. v. Hecker, et al.||Amber Rose Hecker; Ronald Travis Hecker; Richard Kelly Hoglin||USAO - Alaska||
The defendants obtained funds to which they were not entitled by using checks stolen from the mail and stolen ID cards as well as bank cards obtained through theft and vehicle break-ins, to forge and falsely alter the stolen checks to deposit them in the accounts associated with the stolen identities and then make cash withdrawls.
|U.S. v. Svyatoslav Bondarenko, et al||Infraud Organization||USAO - Nevada||
Infraud Organization was created in October 2010 to promote and grow interest as the premier destination for purchasing retail items with counterfeit or stolen credit card information. Under the slogan, “In Fraud We Trust,” 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.
|US v. Amber Nicole Lamb & Randy Mitchell Kinny||USAO - Arizona||
On December 11, 2017, defendants stole parcels from a home in Scottsdale. Subsequently, agents found the following: stolen mail, fraudulent IDs, counterfeit currency, equipment to produce fake IDs and counterfeit currency, and cell phones at one of the defendant’s houses.
|United States v. Alejandro Arias-Perez||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.
|United States v. Justin E. Cain||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. Intercept or d/b/a InterceptEFT||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.
|United States v. Dmitry Dokuchaev et al.||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.
|U.S. v. Christopher Angeles||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.
|U.S. v. Custom Wristbands, Inc.||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.
|U.S. v. Azim Makanojiya||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.