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Two of 16 arrested Russians sentenced for cyber crime in US

NEW YORK, October 8 (Itar-Tass) -- Two of the 16 Russians arrested for cyber crimes in the United States have pleaded guilty of money laundering and were sentenced to prison terms and fines, according to Russian Vice-Consul in New York Alexander Otchainov.

He told Tass on Thursday Anton Yuferitsin was sentenced to 10 months in prison and a fine of 38.413 dollars yet in June. Another accused, Alexander Sorokin, was sentenced to six months and a fine of 100 dollars. Sorokin, who was released on bail, did not appear in court and Otchainov believes he has fled to Russia.

The third accused who also confessed, Alexander Fedorov, will be likely tried on January 5.

U.S. authorities accused 37 foreigners of stealing up to three million dollars from a hundred bank accounts through fraud. Twenty-one of them are listed as Russian nationals. Sixteen have been arrested and five are on the wanted list – Artem Semenov, Almira Rakhmatulina, Yulia Shpirko, Nikolai Garifulin, and Ilya Karasev.

However Otchainov said official notifications have been received only about twelve arrested Russian nationals. The consulate general requested the State Department and the FBI to clarify the situation. Otchainov recalled there are a lot of Russian names among the accused, but their nationality has not been identified.

The diplomat said the arrested are kept in a Manhattan prison. “There were no complaints from them, except for the quality of food,” he said.