CBI arrests international fugitive

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A Ukrainian national wanted by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the theft of over four crore debit and credit card account numbers has been arrested by the CBI.

The CBI received information that Sergey Storchak, against whom a red corner notice had been issued, would arrive here from Goa on May 8 night and would leave for Istanbul in the early hours of May 9. “A request for provisional arrest of the wanted fugitive was received through diplomatic channels,” said a CBI official.

The agency's Interpol wing coordinated with the Delhi Police, CISF and Immigration authorities to carry out the operation. Accordingly the accused was arrested at Delhi airport soon after he arrived from Goa. He was produced in a city court that remanded him to judicial custody till May 22.

The U.S. Embassy officials have been informed and asked to present relevant documents, following which the External Affairs Ministry would set up the Extradition Court.

It is alleged that Storchak and his accomplices were part of an international racket in stealing of plastic card data from computer systems. They were charged with computer hacking and Internet fraud. Detected in 2008, the fraud was termed as the biggest ever and most complex identity theft case.

“The U.S. authorities had discovered over 16,000 stolen card account numbers in the fugitive's e-mail account,” said the official.