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Bill Frino CMIS 335 Computer Forensics Wednesday, Septemeber 1, 2010 For the research assignment, I read an article about man, named Mikalai Mardakhayeu. He is a Belarusian national living in Nantucket, Massachuttes. Mardakhayeu was arrested and charged with operating an international online phishing scheme to steal income tax refunds. He participated in an international online phishing scheme to steal income tax refunds intended for U.S. taxpayers around the country. According to the indictment, from 2006 through 2007, Mardakhayeu and his co- conspirators lured victims by operating websites that offered lower-income taxpayers free online tax return preparation, and electronic tax return filing services. As alleged in the indictment, the websites falsely claimed to be authorized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to offer such services. After taxpayers input and uploaded their tax information seeking refunds for federal
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Unformatted text preview: and state taxes, co-conspirators in Belarus allegedly collected the data and altered the returns so that legitimate tax refund payments would be redirected to U.S. bank accounts controlled by Mardakhayeu. Also, in some cases, the claimed refund amount was higher than the amount originally claimed by the taxpayer. The co-conspirators allegedly caused the fraudulently altered returns to be e-filed with the IRS and state treasury departments. The conspiracy ultimately caused the U.S. Treasury and various state treasury departments to deposit approximately $200,000 in stolen refunds into bank accounts in and around Nantucket that were controlled by Mardakhayeu. If convicted, Mardakhayeu faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution....
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