29-year-old Aleksei Burkov says he has run large criminal marketplaces on the internet, writes the US Department of Justice. A maximum of 15 years in prison can be demanded against the Russian.
The man was arrested in 2015 at an airport near the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Two years later, an Israeli court approved extradition to the United States, but Russia appealed that ruling. Burkov was extradited at the end of 2019.
Court documents show that Burkov owned two websites that facilitated criminal acts. On the Cardplanet site, he sold stolen credit card information from US citizens. This would have made fraudulent purchases worth a total of 20 million dollars (18 million euros).
The other site was only for invitees. Cyber criminals sold malicious software and stolen personal data from citizens on the platform.
The 29-year-old Russian confessed, among other things, identity theft, money laundering and computer peace. He will be told his sentence in May. He can receive a maximum of 15 years in jail, but usually the maximum penalty is not imposed for this type of violation.