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[ISN] 9 Years After Shadowcrew, Feds Get Their Hands on Fugitive Cybercrook


By Kim Zetter
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Nine years after the Shadowcrew carding forum was shuttered in a Secret Service sting operation, a Bulgarian accused of carding activities has been brought to the U.S. to face charges after nearly a decade on the lam.

Aleksi Kolarov, 30, was charged in 2004 in connection with an identity theft ring accused of trafficking in more than a million stolen bank card numbers. He was arrested in Paraguay in 2011 and has been held there ever since.

He arrived in the U.S. only on Friday, after being extradited, to face criminal charges in Newark, New Jersey. When nabbed in a hotel in Asuncion, he had hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash on him in multiple currencies, counterfeit bank cards and equipment for encoding account details on the magnetic stripe of the cards, authorities say.

Kolarov has been charged with one count each of conspiracy, transferring false identification documents and offering access devices without authorization.


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