New York

Man Gets Prison for International Cybercrime Conspiracy

A federal judge in Trenton has sentenced a Brooklyn man who was a member of an international cybercrime conspiracy that attempted to defraud more than $15 million from companies and their customers to nearly 8 years in prison.

Fifty-year-old Oleg Pidtergerya had pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft.

Prosecutors say the ring was directed from the Ukraine and targeted more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service.

Authorities say hackers gained access to bank accounts of customers of more than a dozen financial institutions and businesses. Prosecutors say Pidtergerya managed a crew in New York that withdrew funds and made fraudulent purchases.

Two suspects from the Ukraine remain at large.

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