We continue our series of some of the most dangerous hackers brought to justice with this week’s cyber criminal: Egor Shevelev.
Shevelev, also known as “Excalibur” online, is a Ukranian carder who helped lead an international cybercrime ring that peddled stolen credit card information on online forums between 2004 and 2007.
The group’s activities were largely facilitated by Western Express International, a business run by money launderer Vadim Vassilenko which arranged the exchange of stolen card information via the use of digital currencies including “eGold” and “Webmoney.”
Operating out of his apartment based in Kiev, Ukraine, Shevelev helped sell upwards of 95,000 cardholders’ information. He sold many of the accounts to a Brooklyn couple, Douglas Latta and Anna Ciano, who in turn used the information to purchase goods including laptops and designer handbags before selling them on eBay.
“What you really have is someone who steals the merchandise and sells it to people who can monetize it,” commented Cyrus Vance, Manhattan’s District Attorney who prosecuted the case against Shevelev. “They [Latta and Ciano] make their money in cash. They pay Shevelev in e-gold. And the person who is enabling e-gold to move around and cashing out the e-gold into money is Western Express.”
Overall, Shevelev and his cybercrime group made more than $5 million in instances of credit card fraud that spanned across the world.
In 2007, five men, including Shevelev, were charged with a 173-count indictment. Two individuals pleaded guilty, whereas Shevelev remained at large in the Ukraine along with the other two men.
As the Ukraine has no extradition treaty with the United States, the FBI and the Secret Service had no means of apprehending Shevelev. But he made a mistake when in 2008 he left for a vacation on the Greek Island of Rhodes. It was there that federal authorities arrested him, though it would take another two years for the United States to extradite Shevelev.
In 2013, a state jury in New York found Shevelev guilty of selling at least 75,000 credit cards online. The court sentenced him to between 13 and 40 years in prison.
Shortly after his conviction, Shevelev was transported to South Florida, where in federal court he pleaded guilty to two counts of access device fraud and admitted that he had trafficked in credit cards between 2007 and 2008. He is now concurrently serving a federal prison term of 14 years in NY state prison.
Once he has completed both of his sentences, Shevelev will be deported back to the Ukraine.
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