Russian Police Arrest Alleged Bank-Carding Kingpin

Russian authorities have arrested a Ukrainian man accused of running a criminal operation that used fraudulent credit cards and passports to siphon large amounts of cash out of banks around the world, The Register reports.

The arrest of the unnamed suspect came as the Russian Interior Ministry stopped the actions of the international criminal group the Ukrainian allegedly led. The gang, which had at least 50 members, pilfered more than $660,000 out of 17 Russian banks between January and June.

Russian authorities did not say if the arrested were related to the same international crime ring as the one the FBI called “modern, high-tech bank heist,” but the activities they are accused of sound similar. Some of the Russian suspects are accused of using bogus passports to deceive bank employees.

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