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    Two Americans said to belong to an international cybercrime ring allegedly led by men in Ukraine pleaded guilty in taking part in a massive international money laundering scheme, the US Department of Justice said Wednesday on its website.

    MOSCOW, April 2 (RAPSI) - Two Americans said to belong to an international cybercrime ring allegedly led by men in Ukraine pleaded guilty in taking part in a massive international money laundering scheme, the US Department of Justice said Wednesday on its website.

    According to the statement, Robert Dubuc and Oleg Pidtergerya each pleaded guilty this week in a New Jersey court to wire fraud conspiracy and conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft.

    The two men managed crews of hackers in New York and Massachusetts and transferred the stolen money to the crime ring leaders in Ukraine.

    The men will be sentenced in July. They face a maximum of 20 years in prison for wire fraud conspiracy, and up to five years for conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft.

    In 2012 and 2013 the hackers gained access to customer bank accounts of some global banks and financial institutions including Automatic Data Processing Inc., Citigroup Inc., eBay Inс., PayPal, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.

    The conspiracy was allegedly directed by Aleksey Sharapka and Leonid Yanovitsky in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. They have been indicted on similar charges, but remain at large.

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