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Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 3:18 p.m.

A Russian national pleaded not guilty Monday in Pittsburgh federal court to setting up an extensive “reshipping” scheme that ripped off retailers for millions of dollars.

A federal grand jury indicted Artur S. Gorlov, 28, of Ypsilanti, Mich., in July 2011 on a conspiracy charge and four counts of wire fraud. The indictment was sealed until customs officials arrested Gorlov on Oct. 10 at JFK Airport in New York City.

From 2005 to 2010, his “Atlanta Alliance” set up one network of people who used stolen credit card information to buy goods and have them shipped to people in a second network, prosecutors say. The second group repackaged and sent the goods out of the country, prosecutors say.

Gorlov and the other people at the top of the conspiracy used a series of websites to coordinate the two networks and to offer the stolen goods for sale, prosecutors say.

Gorlov waived his right to a detention hearing and is being held without bail.

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