FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE LOSE $123M TO LITHUANIAN SCAMMER
The Court of Appeal of Lithuania has decided to extradite to the United States a Lithuanian scam artist identified as Evaldas Rimasauskas, who conned $123 million out of FaceBook and Google by sending fake emails.
“Assumption that the damage was done to the companies registered in the United States became the ground for the extradition of Rimasauskas,” the court said in a press release on Friday.
The decision to extradite the scammer was irrevocable, the court said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York accused Rimasauskas of wire transfer fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.
It is alleged that Rimasauskas took part in the scam using e-mail correspondence and posed as an Asian computer hardware manufacturer to persuade Google and FaceBook to accept fraudulent invoices and transfer funds to the company established under the same name in Latvia.
The funds were transferred to the latter company’s accounts in banks in Cyprus and Latvia. Rimasauskas is suspected to have conned 23 million dollars from Google and 100 million dollars from FaceBook. He was detained in Lithuania on March 16.
On April 18, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Lithuania received the U.S. Justice Department’s request to extradite him. Rimasauskas has denied the charges.