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Scheme Reflects Great Span of Web

A prosecution in San Diego demonstrates the reach of the internet when it comes to cons, involving players from New York to San Diego and from the Dominican Republic to Russia, in a scheme that encoded stolen bank and PIN numbers onto black plastics that were then used to withdraw more than $371,000 in cash.

Mikhail Tuknov Jr., 28, moved approximately 1044 fraudulent debit card numbers and PINs, according the federal prosecutor in San Diego. Turknov subtracted his commission from each withdrawal before sending the balance to Russia in exchange for more numbers.

Tuknov faces charges of fraud, identity theft, and conspiracy. His hearing is set for October 30th.

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