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Alleged credit card trafficker arrested in France

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Moscow man accused of credit card trafficking arrested in France
  • Justice Department says the case shows its improved cyber capabilities
  • The suspect will be extradited to the United States

Washington (CNN) -- A suspect considered to be a major international trafficker in stolen credit card information has been arrested in France and will be extradited to the United States, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, 27, known as "BadB," was arrested in Nice on August 7 on charges in a U.S. indictment unsealed Wednesday, said a Justice Department statement.

A federal grand jury indicted Horohorin -- who holds Israeli and Ukrainian citizenship -- in November 2009 on charges of " access device fraud" and aggravated identity theft, the statement said.

Justice officials touted the arrest as an example of increase ability by U.S. authorities to fight cyber crime.

"In just the last week, we've seen an alleged hacker extradited to the United States to face charges, and now, a credit card data dealer arrested abroad on U.S. charges," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. "Cyber criminals who target U.S citizens should not fool themselves into believing they can elude justice simply because they commit crimes outside of our borders."

According to the indictment, Horohorin allegedly used online criminal forums known as "CarderPlanet" and "carder.su" to sell stolen credit card information. The online name of the Moscow, Russia, resident was "BadB," and he had purchasers create accounts at a vending website he operated, the indictment alleged.

French authorities, acting on a warrant based on the U.S. charges, arrested Horohorin as he attempted to board a flight from Nice to Moscow, the Justice Department statement said.

If convicted on all charges, Horohorin could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison and fined up to $500,000, according to the Justice Department statement.

"The network created by the founders of CarderPlanet, including Vladislav Horohorin, remains one of the most sophisticated organizations of online financial criminals in the world," said U.S. Secret Service Assistant Director for Investigations Michael Merritt. "This network has been repeatedly linked to nearly every major intrusion of financial information reported to the international law enforcement community."

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