United States vs. Oleg Koshkin & Pavel Tsurkan
On September 6, 2019, Oleg Koshkin was arrested in the Northern District of California pursuant to a federal criminal complaint charging him with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer. He was ordered detained at that time, and was transported to the District of Connecticut for all further proceedings. Pavel Tsurkan was arrested the same day in Estonia and was also ordered detained pending extradition to the United States. On October 3, 2019, a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport, Connecticut returned an indictment charging both Koshkin and Tsurkan with conspiracy and aiding and abetting intentional damage to a protected computer.
Koshkin was presented before a United States Magistrate Judge in Connecticut on November 1, 2019, and ordered detained pending trial. Tsurkan arrived in the United States on March 4, 2021 and was arraigned on March 5, 2021 before a United States Magistrate Judge in Connecticut. At that time, he was released on a $200,000 bond. The conditions of his release are included in the attached order.
On June 15, 2021, Oleg Koshkin was found guilty at trial of one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and one count of aiding and abetting computer fraud and abuse. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 30, 2021 @ 2pm in Courtroom Two, 450 Main St., Hartford, CT before Judge Michael P. Shea. The jury verdict form and U.S. Attorney’s Office press release is attached.
On June 16, 2021, PAVEL TSURKAN pleaded guilty in the District of Connecticut to a federal charge related to his role in operating a “crypting” service used to conceal “Kelihos” malware from antivirus software, enabling hackers to systematically infect victim computers around the world with malicious software, including ransomware. Tsurkan pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting unauthorized access to a protected computer, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. Tsurkan is scheduled to be sentenced on April 28, 2022 @ 10am in Courtroom Two, 450 Main St., Hartford, CT before Judge Michael P. Shea. The U.S. Attorney’s Office press release is attached.
If you are a victim of this offense and wish to submit a written victim impact statement, or would like to speak at sentencing, please contact Victim-Witness Coordinator Ines Cenatiempo at Ines.Cenatiempo@usdoj.gov
NOTICE regarding hearing via Zoom as to Pavel Tsurkan: The Review of Plea scheduled for 8/31/2021 at 1:00PM will be conducted via Zoom. The video link is https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1613545900?pwd=NWVlWHJveEIxdVFacUNyaExoejFUUT09 and call in number is +1 646 828 7666.
Meeting ID: 161 354 5900
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