Virginia prosecutors search for victims of credit card scam

Virginia prosecutors search for victims of credit card scam
Aleksei Burkov of St. Petersburg, Russia, pleaded guilty last month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to fraud, money laundering and other charges. (Source: Gray News)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Virginia have taken the unusual step of conducting a public search for victims of a Russian national whose website facilitated more than $20 million in credit card fraud.

Aleksei Burkov of St. Petersburg, Russia, pleaded guilty last month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to fraud, money laundering and other charges.

He will be sentenced in May. He admitted running a website called “Cardplanet” that sold stolen credit-card numbers.

On Monday, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a public advisory seeking to find potential victims of the fraud scheme.

Israel extradited Burkov to the U.S. in November over Russia’s objections.

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