US man sentenced to 4 years in prison for his role in Infraud scheme

Pierluigi Paganini May 29, 2022

A man from New York was sentenced to four years in prison for trading stolen credit card data and assisting the Infraud Organization.

John Telusma (aka ‘Peterelliot’), a New York man from New York (37), was sentenced this week to four years in prison for purchasing stolen or compromised credit cards and assisting the Infraud Organization in monetizing their criminal activity fraudulent activity. Telusma is the 14th defendant that was arrested for his role in the Infraud scheme.

“A New York man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for purchasing stolen or compromised credit cards and assisting other members of the Infraud Organization in monetizing their fraudulent activity.” reads the press release published by DoJ.

The motto of the Infraud Organization was “In Fraud We Trust,” it had a primary role in the criminal ecosystem as a “premier one-stop shop for cybercriminals worldwide,” explained Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Rybicki.

The Infraud Organization used a number of websites to commercialize the data, it implemented a classic and efficient e-commerce for the stolen card and personal data, implementing also a rating and feedback system and an escrow” service for payments in digital currencies like Bitcoin.

The transnational cybercrime ring was engaged in the mass acquisition and sale of fraud-related goods and services, including stolen identities, compromised credit card data, and computer malware.

The Infraud Organization is responsible for the purchase and sale of over four million stolen credit and debit card numbers. The fraudulent activities conducted by the gang cost victims more than $568 million dollars. 

Telusma pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy on October 13, 2021. He joined the gang in August 2011 and worked for the organization for five-and-a-half years, DoJ states that he was among the most prolific and active members of the gang.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, cybercrime)

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