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The United States Se­cret Ser­vice and the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice iden­ti­fied James Kong as the pri­mary sus­pect in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions through a con­sumer credit card ser­vice for health con­sumers. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined that Kong used his knowl­edge of the tar­geted company’s cus­tomer ser­vice support cen­tre’s com­puter sys­tems to steal the ac­count num­bers of 1,000 cus­tomers and 95 par­tic­i­pat­ing ser­vice providers. Kong made fic­ti­tious and unau­tho­rised charges to cus­tomer ac­counts and posed as health ser­vice providers to re­di­rect pay­ments into bank ac­counts in Asia. On De­cem­ber 3, 2008, a 76 count fed­eral indictment and ar­rest war­rant was is­sued for Kong for bank, wire, ac­cess de­vice, com­puter frauds, iden­tity theft and money laun­der­ing by the Grand Jury of the Dis­trict Court of Ohio.

Sim­i­larly, Dzmitry Valerye­vich Bu­rak is the sub­ject of charges in the fed­eral dis­trict of the South­ern Dis­trict of Cal­i­for­nia and also the State of New York.

In Cal­i­for­nia, Bu­rak and oth­ers who were in­volved in an in­ter­na­tional crim­i­nal group used the In­ter­net to traf­fic in stolen and coun­ter­feit credit cards. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Bu­rak’s e-mail ac­counts un­cov­ered more than 55,000 stolen credit card ac­count num­bers, which were as­so­ci­ated with more than $21 mil­lion in ac­tual losses.

In New York, Bu­rak sold thou­sands of stolen credit card num­bers and other per­sonal iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion on­line. Dur­ing a five-year pe­riod, Bu­rak ac­cessed or sold more than 9,000 stolen credit card num­bers, more than $4 mil­lion worth of stolen prop­erty and de­frauded credit card com­pa­nies for more than $1 mil­lion.

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