Saturday, October 09, 2010

FBI Nabs Identity Theft Fugitive in Boston

Travis Andersen writes in The Boston Globe:

FBI agents arrested a fugitive in Brighton on Wednesday night wanted for his alleged role in an identity theft scheme operating out of New York City.

Special agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the FBI office in New York, said Boston agents apprehended Nikolai Garafulin, 21, in a building on Commonwealth Avenue. He did not have an exact address.

A spokesman for the Boston Fire Department, which responded to the scene, said the address was in Brighton. Firefighters had to rescue Garafulin after he fled to a fire escape and became trapped, Kolko said.

Garafulin is one of 37 defendants charged in an alleged scheme to use computer malware to steal over $3 million from US bank accounts, according to the New York FBI. He is charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud for his alleged role in the scheme.



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