Russian in NY denies running theft team with son

AP News
|
Posted: Jan 17, 2012 8:10 PM
Russian in NY denies running theft team with son

A Russian man accused of teaming with his son in a cyber ID theft assault on the bank accounts of Americans has pleaded not guilty in New York City.

Tuesday's plea came to an indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Vladimir Zdorovenin (VLAH'-dee-meer zdah-ROH'-vay-neen) and his son are accused of conspiring to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Moscow man was arrested last March in Zurich, Switzerland. He was ordered held without bail. His son remains at large.

The indictment alleges the father and son secretly installed programs on people's computers to steal personal information, including credit card numbers. They also are accused of buying stolen credit card numbers.

Prosecutors say they used the stolen information in 2004 and 2005 to transfer money from people's bank accounts, some held at New York-based banks.