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Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Boston ID theft bust with ties to Russia mob

AP Reported, Nov 6th: Police say they've broken up a major identity theft ring with ties to organized crime in Russia.

Police held a press conference today to announce the arrest of 28-year-old Andrew Schwamkoff and the seizure of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, cash, fake documents and credit cards.

The sting came about because a woman told police that someone tried to use her credit card to buy goods and ship them to a Mail Boxes Etc. on Newbury Street.

Yesterday, police staked out the store and watched a man arrive, claim packages and give money to Schwamkoff.

Police stopped Schwamkoff outside of his Brighton apartment. Inside, they found boxes full of laptop computers, clothes and other electronic equipment, as well as fake licenses, blank credit cards, counterfeiting equipment, and about 15,000 dollars in cash.

Police say Schwamkoff has stolen the identity of more than 200 people, and is the ring leader of an ID fraud ring with ties to the Russian mob.


Police announce ID theft bust [AP]
Cops eye Russian mob tie [Boston Herald]

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