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|Other names||Anton Dolgov; Anton Peyton|
|conspiracy to defraud, Perverting the course of justice|
|6 years imprisonment|
Anton Gelonkin (born c. 1964) was a Russian bank chairman who disappeared during the 1995 collapse of the Moscow City Bank and later convicted of running an international organised internet based fraud in 2006.
Moscow City Bank
Anton Dolgov was the chairman of the Moskovsky Gorodskoi Bank, or Moscow City Bank, and in late August 1995 disappeared after taking an unknown amount of money. The bank later collapsed with debts of 120 million US dollars.
Identity theft racket
British police believe that from 1996 Anton then ran an organised international operation based in Notting Hill, London that defrauded American, British and Spanish bank account holders, and "systematically defrauded clearing banks and other financial institutions in Britain and abroad" and ran undetected for ten years.
The gang used compromised credit cards to first buy electrical goods, which they had delivered to a double layer of mailbox addresses - to reduce the connection between the fraudsters and the goods - and then later sold them on eBay both inside and outside the UK. Other activities involved: using stolen card details to set up online gambling accounts and diverting the winnings; and directing stolen money to hundreds of bank accounts.
In January 2005 police were called to a burglary associated with the gang's headquarters, and noted the name Gelonkin, and later discovered the Interpol warrant. This resulted in a raid which resulted in the arrest of Estonian Aleksei Kostap, but not before Kostap was able to trigger a system that encrypted the records held on the gang's computers. Despite police IT expert efforts the data has not been decrypted. Kostav was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and perverting the course of justice. Another gang member, Lithuanian Romanos Vasilauskas, admitted possessing false passports with intent and sentenced to eighteen months. Anton Gelonkin, 'admitted conspiracies to defraud, to obtain services by deception, to acquire, use and possess criminal property, and to remove it "from the jurisdiction"' and was sentenced for six years.
Notes and references
- RICHARD W. STEVENSON (1995-09-12). "In New Economy, Russians Cannot Rely on Their Banks". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- "Russian banker convicted of leading ID fraud gang locked away". Daily Mail. 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- "Russian bank chief jailed for identity theft racket". This is London (Evening Standard). 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- David Pallister (2006-12-01). "Three guilty of identity fraud which netted millions". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
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