LAS VEGAS – A Russian citizen was sentenced in Las Vegas to nine years in federal prison and ordered to pay a share of $50 million in restitution after pleading guilty to racketeering and identity theft in a worldwide cybercrime organization.
U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Wednesday that Alexander Kostyukov also faces three years of supervised release for his part in the scheme dubbed "Carder.su."
The 30-year-old Kostyukov was living in Miami when he was arrested. Court records say he also used the names Temp and KLBS.
His attorney, Todd Leventhal, says Kostyukov is a Russian citizen. He noted that Kostyukov's sentence was less than half the 20 years in prison received by another defendant in the case.
Bogden says 56 people have been charged and 33 convicted in the scheme that he says laundered millions of dollars that so-called "carders" obtained from stolen bank and credit card accounts.