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Six Man Indicted On Computer Crime Charges

Date: August 12, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Dmitri Kramarenko

Los Angeles, a federal grand jury August 4, 2004 indicted a Romanian computer hacker and five Americans on charges that they conspired to steal more than $10 million in computer equipment from Ingram Micro in Santa Ana, California, the largest technology distributor in the world.

The indictment alleges that Calin Mateias broke into Ingram Micro's online ordering system and put in fraudulent orders for computers and computer equipment. He directed that the equipment be sent to dozens of addresses throughout the United States as part of an Internet fraud ring.

The 14-count indictment charges:
Mateias, 24, of Bucharest, Romania, who used the online nickname "Dr. Mengele";
Olufemi Tinubu, 21, of Atlanta;
Tarion Finley, 20, also of Atlanta;
Valeriu Crisovan, 27, of Hallandale, Florida;
Jeremy Long, 28, of Richmond, Virginia; and
Warren Bailey, 21, of Anchorage, Alaska.

The five defendants in the United States will appear in United States District Court in Los Angeles for arraignment later this month. The Justice Department is working closely with Romanian authorities to ensure that Mateias is brought to justice, whether in Romania or the United States.

All six defendants are charged with conspiring to commit mail fraud by causing Ingram Micro to ship computer equipment based on the false pretenses that the equipment was ordered by legitimate customers. In addition to the conspiracy count, Mateias is charged with 13 mail fraud counts; Tinubu and Finley are charged with three mail fraud counts; Crisovan is charged with six mail fraud counts; and Long is charged with four mail fraud counts for shipments.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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2004-08-17 13:10:10 - The authorities should have more accurate... Bro.Mark Sanchez
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