Case Conclusion Date: 05.16.2007
Practice Area: Computer fraud
Outcome: 3,5 years, released after 2,5 years
Description: He was a young man with a big plan: taking aim at rich Americans, with the help of the Forbes 400 list, and robbing their financial accounts by trolling the Internet for information all the way from his base in Moscow, prosecutors in Manhattan said yesterday. The man, Igor Klopov, 24, hired confederates in the United States to help with the execution of his plan, prosecutors said. He was charged with stealing $1.5 million and trying to steal an additional $10.7 million. The indictment names more than a dozen victims, though some were the victims not of financial theft but of identity theft. Mr. Klopov is accused of using stolen identities to carry out the larger financial scheme.