South Korean officials extradited to the United States a Ukrainian man in connection with an extensive money laundering and fraud campaign that targeted dozens of victims, including a corporation based in the Western District of North Carolina, said officials at the Department of Justice (DoJ).
Aleksandr Musienko, aka “Oleksandr Serhiyovych Musiyenko,” “Robert Davis,” and “Ply,” is facing charges of conducting an the operation from 2009 through at least 2012, DoJ said in an indictment.
Musienko worked with overseas cybercriminals who had hacked and stolen money from the online bank accounts of numerous individual and corporate victims in the United States, the indictment said.
He is charged with one count of wire fraud, one count of bank fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and two counts of money laundering.
Musienko operated a network of “money mules” throughout the United States, DoJ said. Using aliases that included “Robert Davis” and phony front companies that included “Vita Finance AG” and “Hilpert AG,” Musienko recruited money mules throughout the United States using a variety of fraudulent techniques, including by advertising bogus “employment” opportunities to work as “Financial Assistants.” He promised to pay the money mules a fee of approximately five percent for each overseas wire transfer they completed.
Once he had his network of money mules in place, Musienko then offered his services to his cybercriminal partners to assist them in transferring stolen funds. He directed his “money mules” to use their own bank accounts to receive and then transfer proceeds from the compromised bank accounts overseas. Musienko’s operation effectuated the theft and laundering of at least $2.8 million from 2009 to 2012, DoJ said.