Threats, Cybercrime

Romanian phishers sentenced to U.S. federal prison

June 11, 2013

Two Romanian citizens will spend time in U.S. prison for their involvement in a phishing scheme which targeted customers of several banks, eBay and PayPal.

On Monday, a U.S. district judge in New Haven, Conn., sentenced Bogdan Boceanu, 30, to 80 months in prison, and Andrei Bolovan, 29, to 27 months in prison.

The defendants were part of a criminal collective hailing from Cariova, Romaina, that stole debit and credit card numbers through phishing campaigns to withdraw funds from ATMs without authorization, according to a release by the U.S. Department of Justice.

After mutual legal assistance between Romania and the United States on an amended treaty, the defendants were extradited in 2010.

A federal investigation launched seven years ago revealed that Boceanu had more than 12,000 credit and debit card numbers stored in email accounts between 2004 and 2007. Bolovan was involved in the racket from 2004 through 2007.

The financial institutions targeted by the defendants include the People's United Bank in Connecticut, Citibank, Capital One, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Comerica Bank, Regions Bank, LaSalle Bank, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.
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