A New York man has been sentenced to four years in prison for transnational cybercrime
AA 37-year-old man from New York has been sentenced to four years in prison for buying stolen credit card information and working in cahoots with a cybercrime cartel known as the Infraud Organization.
John Telusma, who went by the alias “Peterelliot,” pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy on October 13, 2021. He joined the gang in August 2011 and remained a member for five-and-a-half years.
“Telusma was among the most prolific and active members of the Infraud Organization, purchasing and fraudulently using compromised credit card numbers for his own personal gain,” the U.S. Justice Department (DoJ) said.
The rogue enterprise dabbled in the large-scale acquisition and sale of compromised credit card data, personally identifiable information, and other digital contraband, enabling the trade of more than four million stolen credit and debit card numbers.
“The organization directed traffic and potential purchasers to the automated vending sites of its members, which served as online conduits to traffic in stolen means of identification, stolen financial and banking information, malware, and other illicit goods,” the DoJ said at the time.
The group is estimated to have caused no less than $568 million in losses to consumers, businesses, and financial institutions alike.
Telusma is the 14th member of the Infraud Organization to be sentenced in connection with the Infraud scheme. Other co-conspirators include Sergey Medvedev, Marko Leopard, Valerian Chiochiu, David Jonathan Vargas, Pius Sushil Wilson, Gennaro Fioretti, Jose Gamboa, Aldo Ymeraj, and Taimoor Zaman.