Tewksbury Man Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Wire Fraud
Jul 16, 2015 10:26AM
By Bill Gilman
U.S. District Court Judge Allison Dale Burroughs sentenced a Tewksbury resident to two years in prison this week for his part in a massive scheme involving credit card fraud and identity theft.
32-year-old Alexey Svetlichnyy, a Russian national, pled guilty in March to conspiring to commit wire fraud. He faced a maximum possible sentence of 20 years.
Svetlichnyy, known by the online nickname “Joga,” was also ordered to forfeit more than $425,000 cash, a Lexus and some of the items he obtained through his scheme.
According to prosecutors, Svetlichnyy and his cohorts used stolen credit and debit card information to more than $400,000 worth of Apple iPads, Samsung cell phones, laptop computers, servers, computer processors, scuba diving equipment, high-end camera lenses, and water filtration equipment. They also used the stolen data to make online purchases of stored value cards issued by or on behalf of American Express, Visa, Budget Rental Car, Frontier Airlines, Macy’s, and other retailers.
As alleged in the charging document, Svetlichnyy, and others, obtained stolen credit and debit card data and related accountholder information over online forums dedicated to trafficking in stolen information, including Carder Planet, Vendorsname, and Direct Connect.
When making these online purchases, Svetlichnyy, and others, frequently used the names and billing addresses associated with the stolen data, but then shipped the goods and cards to addresses that Svetlichnyy controlled.
Svetlichnyy, and others, advertised over Russian language social networks to recruit individuals to receive the stolen consumer goods and stored value cards. Svetlichnyy, and others, paid the individuals to re-ship the items to addresses in Chelmsford and North Reading, Mass., among other places, where Svetlichnyy had opened private commercial mailboxes in the name of a Delaware company, Micaxr, LLC (Micaxr).
From March 2010 to October 2013, Svetlichnyy sold the stolen consumer goods and stored value cards for more than $427,000 on eBay. Svetlichnyy, and others, wired a portion of the criminal proceeds overseas, including to Russian bank accounts.