Russian Man Gets 2 Years for Online Wire Fraud

Alexey Svetlichnyy pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to commit wire fraud.

A Tewksbury, Massachusetts, resident who used stolen credit and debit card information to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of iPads, computers, scuba equipment, gift cards and other items has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Alexey Svetlichnyy, a Russian citizen living in Massachusetts, was also ordered Wednesday to forfeit more than $425,000, a Lexus and some of the items he obtained through his scheme.

Svetlichnyy pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to commit wire fraud.

Authorities say he obtained stolen card data and using online forums dedicated to the trafficking of stolen information.

Prosecutors say when making fraudulent online purchases, Svetlichnyy and co-conspirators frequently used the names and billing addresses associated with the stolen data, but had goods shipped to addresses he controlled.

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