Pattaya-based Russian fraudster to be extradited to US

Pattaya-based Russian fraudster to be extradited to US

Dmitry Ukrainsky, 47, arrives at the Criminal Court in Bangkok to hear the ruling in his extradition case on Wednesday. (Photo by Tawatchai Kumgumnerd)
Dmitry Ukrainsky, 47, arrives at the Criminal Court in Bangkok to hear the ruling in his extradition case on Wednesday. (Photo by Tawatchai Kumgumnerd)

The Criminal Court on Wednesday approved the extradition of Russian Dmitry Ukrainsky, 47, to the United States, where he is wanted for malware fraud, after serving a term in Thailand for money-laundering.

US authorities who sought his extradition said Ukrainsky and his associates had sent malware via emails to victims in the US, Australia, Japan, England, Italy and Germany. 

Throught the malevolent programme they had withdrawn more than 1 billion baht in total from victims' accounts, depositing it in about 50 accounts the gang opened in Thailand.

The US began its investigation of the frauds in 2013 and found many money transfers to Thailand.

Ukrainsky had hidden out in Pattaya for about a decade, where he ran a yacht charter company. Police arrested him for fraud and money-laundering in July 2016. He was jailed.

He was arrested at the same time as an Uzbek woman, Olga Komova, 28, who was earlier extradited to the US. When arrested she was working at a hotel in Trat province.

Ukrainsky has 30 days to appeal the extradition ruling.



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