Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Belarussian Gets 5 Years for Tax and ID Fraud Scheme in St. Louis Federal Court

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Belarussian Gets 5 Years for Tax and ID Fraud Scheme in St. Louis Federal Court

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ST. LOUIS * A man from Belarus was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to five years in prison for his role in a ring that hacked into a St. Louis-area financial institution and used personal information to commit tax fraud.

Alexsandr Rabikov, 37, acknowledged his guilt but claimed he had been told that he was harvesting "unclaimed money" and wouldn't get in trouble. He also complained about jail life and his fears of prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Albus said Rabikov's laptop computer was "replete" with the personal information of others, and that he set up control over numerous financial accounts as part of the fraud.

Albus also said that Rabikov and his girlfriend, Yulia Belomyttseva, tried to boil the laptop computer on a stove as Internal Revenue Service agents were trying to get into the couple's beachfront apartment in Hallandale Beach, Fla. …

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