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Monday, June 2, 2014, 11:24 p.m.

Federal officials in Nebraska have charged a Russian mastermind with running online scams similar to the ones named in complaints filed in Pittsburgh, according to documents unsealed on Monday.

In the criminal complaint filed in Nebraska, officials said Evgeniy Mikhaylovich Bogachev used the alias “Lucky12345” to create malware to steal from more than two-dozen named banks and businesses.

Bogachev is accused in the indictment of working with eight co-conspirators in Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The two in the United Kingdom are in custody; the others remain at large. Named as co-conspirators in the Nebraska indictment:

• Vyacheslav Igorevich Penchukov of Ukraine used the online name “tank” and coordinated the exchange of stolen banking credentials and “money mules”;

• Ivan Viktorvich Klepikov of Ukraine used the name “ptr0vich” and was a systems administrator who handled the technical aspects of the criminal scheme;

• Alexey Dmitrievich Bron of Ukraine used the name “thehead” and was the financial manager;

• Alexey Tikonov of Russia used the name “kusanagi” and was a coder or developer;

• Yevhen Kulibaba of the United Kingdom used the name “jonni” and moved stolen money (in custody);

• Yuriy Konovalenko of the United Kingdom used the name “jtk0” and moved stolen money (in custody);

• A Russian hacker who used the name “AQUA” moved stolen money; and,

• A Ukrainian hacker named “MRICQ” was a coder who developed codes to compromise the banking system.

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