Alleged credit card trafficker arrested

Russian who allegedly advertised and sold stolen credit card information online is arrested in France.

A Russian man who allegedly ran a sophisticated online operation for selling stolen credit card data was arrested in France, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Vladislav Anatolievich Horohorin, 27, of Moscow, was arrested Saturday on U.S. charges contained in an indictment that was unsealed Wednesday, prosecutors said. French police arrested him on a provisional warrant based on the U.S. charges as he was trying to board a flight to return to Moscow.

According to the indictment, Horohorin -- who used the name "BadB" online -- allegedly used online criminal forums like "CarderPlanet" and "carder.su" to sell stolen credit card data. He is accused of advertising the availability of the stolen data through such forums and directing buyers to create accounts to buy the card data at an automated website designed for the exchange of stolen credit cards for money.

In their investigation of Horohorin, U.S. Secret Service agents used an online undercover identity to negotiate the sale of stolen credit cards.

"The network created by the founders of CarderPlanet, including Vladislav Horohorin, remains one of the most sophisticated organizations of online financial criminals in the world," Michael Merritt, U.S. Secret Service assistant director for investigations, said in a prepared statement. "This network has been repeatedly linked to nearly every major intrusion of financial information reported to the international law enforcement community."

Horohorin is being detained in France pending extradition to the U.S. He was indicted by a federal grand jury last November on charges of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum of 12 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

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