MANHATTAN (CN) - A 27-year-old Belarusian man who ran Callservice.biz, an online business that helped 2,000 identity thieves commit more than 5,000 acts of fraud, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison.
Dmitry M. Naskovets was arrested in the Czech Republic in April 2010 and extradited to New York, where he pleaded guilty in February 2011 to conspiring to commit wire fraud and credit card fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in announcing his sentence.
Naskovets used his business as a middleman to help identity thieves use the information they had stolen. For example, if an American woman's identity was stolen, Naskovets would provide a woman who spoke American English to receive verification calls from a bank or credit issuer.
His co-conspirator, Sergey Smashko, faces similar charges in Belarus, prosecutors said in the statement.
The men's website "posted advertisements for its services on other websites used by identity thieves, including CardingWorld.cc, which was allegedly operated by Semashko. The advertisements boasted that the Website had 'over 2,090 people working with' it and had 'done over 5,400 confirmation calls' to banks," prosecutors said.
The FBI seized the domain name Callservice.biz when they arrested Naskovets.
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