Russian Brothers Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for ID Theft and Credit Card Scheme

Igor Grushko, 33, and Denis Grushko, 29, Russian nationals who were residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida were sentenced yesterday to 145 months in prison, after having been previously convicted by a South Florida federal jury of aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to possess and use stolen credit cards, production of fraudulent credit cards, and production of counterfeit identification documents.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Brian Swain, Special Agent in Charge of the US Secret Service’s (USSS) Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

According to the trial record, brothers Igor and Denis Grushko were running a sophisticated credit card fraud factory out of their Fort Lauderdale residence. When USSS agents executed a search warrant at their home, law enforcement discovered rubber molds and plastic resin which the Grushkos used to manufacture their own credit card skimming devices; dozens of skimming devices, ATM overlays, pinhole cameras, and similar devices used to steal credit and debit card information; a credit card embosser, encoder, and magnetic stripe reader used to create counterfeit cards; sheets of Maryland state identification holograms and an identification card printer which was used to create fake identification cards (ID’s); hundreds of fraudulent credit cards and fake ID’s; and thousands of unauthorized credit and debit card numbers on the Grushkos’ computers… US Department of Justice

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