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Ukranian National Sentenced To Prison For Access Device Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a 29-year-old Ukranian national who resided in the Poconos at the time of his arrest was sentenced Monday to serve 27 months in prison for access device fraud by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Igor Shaposhnikov, age 29, who resided in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, at the time of the offense, previously pleaded guilty to possessing approximately 140 counterfeit credit cards with the intent to defraud. Shaposhnikov committed the offense in June 2008.

     Shaposhnikov was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 17, 2008, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

     Judge Munley ordered that the 27-month prison sentence in this case run consecutive to a 102-month prison sentence imposed on Shaposhnikov in the Southern District of Florida for similar conduct committed by the defendant after he fled the Middle District of Pennsylvania while awaiting sentencing in this case.

     Judge Munley also ordered that Shaposhnikov be placed on three years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence, pay restitution of $33,814.09, pay a $100 special assessment, and forfeit to the United States $8,297 in cash, a Samsung Plasma Television, two Sony Handycams, and a 2006 Chrysler vehicle. Shaposhnikov also faces possible deportation as a result of his conviction.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

Updated April 23, 2015