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Dec 11

Ukrainian General Arrested in Cyber Heists

A decorated Ukrainian general was arrested last week in Romania along with two other men suspected of being part of an organized cybercrime gang that laundered at least $1.4 million stolen from U.S. and Italian firms.

Gen. Valeriu Gaichuck, far right.

Apprehended in Iasi, Romania last week were Matei Vitalie, 37, of Moldova; Konstantin Ossipov, a 42-year-old Israeli citizen; and 54-year-old Valeriu Gaichuk, a Ukrainian general who, according to his Facebook page, once studied at Florida International University in Miami.

Romanian prosecutors allege that the men created fake companies and business contracts to help to launder funds that were stolen from at least two firms, including $952,800 from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, an organization based in Minneapolis. Roy Snell, the society’s chief executive, declined to comment for this story.

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