Russian citizen arrested in Thailand on FBI request

Dmitry Ukrainsky suspected of stealing $28.5 million from bank accounts

The Royal Thai police have arrested Russian citizen Dmitry Ukrainsky, 44 and Uzbekistani citizen Olga Komova, 25, at the request of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), The Nation reported on July 21. The FBI suspects the duo of stealing $28.5 million from bank accounts of citizens of several countries.

Tourist Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal said that the Russian man was arrested in Pattaya where he has been running several firms renting yachts to tourists. The Uzbekistani woman was arrested at a hotel on Koh Chang where she has been working, the publication says.

Surachet said the two suspects were engaged in sending malware to emails of their victims and the malware sent back usernames and passwords of online bank accounts in the United States, Australia, Japan, Britain, Italy and Germany. The FBI has traced the transactions and found that they were wired to Thailand, so the FBI sought help from the Immigration Bureau to arrest the two suspects, according to the newspaper.

The Russian embassy in Bangkok confirmed the fact that the Russian citizen was arrested on a FBI request.


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