New York's 6 most wanted white collar criminals
According to the New York office of the FBI, there are six people listed as the state's most wanted for white collar or cyber crimes, with charges that include wire fraud, money laundering, health care fraud and operating a Ponzi scheme. In most cases, the FBI is offering a reward for information that leads to their arrests.
See the full list below. Descriptions of the alleged crimes are provided by the FBI.
1. Alexandr Sergeyevich Bobnev(Credit: FBI)
Wanted: Alexandr Sergeyevich Bobnev was indicted on Nov. 26, 2008, in the Southern District of New York on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Bobnev is accused in a money laundering scheme involving unauthorized access to the accounts of a major provider of investment services.
Bobnev allegedly accessed compromised accounts and wire transferred funds out of these accounts to money mules in the United States. These mules were then responsible for transferring the money back to Bobnev. Between June and August of 2007, Bobnev allegedly wired or attempted to wire more than $350,000 from compromised accounts.
Reward: Up to $50,000
2. Andrey Nabilevich Taame(Credit: FBI)
Wanted: Andrey Nabilevich Taame is a suspect in the unauthorized infection of malware on more than 4 million computers in more than 100 countries, including at least 500,000 victims in the United States, from 2007 to October of 2011.
This malware changed the infected computers' Domain Name System settings so that the infected computers did not connect to the user's Internet Service Provider, but instead connected to fraudulent servers that Taame's co-conspirators controlled. These fraudulent servers then redirected the infected computer to websites the user of the infected computer did not intend to visit. This allowed Taame to hijack Internet traffic for the purpose of online advertising fraud. Using the malware, the Internet traffic was rerouted from websites with which they had no commercial relationship to websites that paid them for online visitors, depriving legitimate advertisers of revenue. The malware also prevented the infected computers from obtaining anti-virus software updates, leaving them vulnerable to other cyber attacks.
Reward: Up to $50,000
3. Artem Semenov(Credit: FBI)
Wanted: Artem Semenov is a suspect in an Eastern European cyber crime ring, operating out of New York, which is known for recruiting money mules to open bank accounts, cashing out money received through unauthorized money transfers, and then transferring the money overseas.
An arrest warrant was issued for Semenov on Sept. 29, 2010 in the Southern District of New York, charging conspiracy to commit bank fraud; conspiracy to possess false identification documents; and false use of passport.
Reward: Up to $50,000
4. Daniel Guzman(Credit: FBI)
Wanted: Daniel Guzman is a suspect in a health care fraud that has cost Medicaid millions of dollars. Guzman allegedly conspired with others to defraud Medicaid by fraudulently obtaining reimbursements from the Medicaid program for prescription drugs that were not dispensed.
Guzman worked in a pharmacy in the Washington Heights community in Manhattan where he received prescriptions from Medicaid beneficiaries and then submitted phony reimbursement claims to the Medicaid program requesting reimbursement for the full value of the prescription drugs.
5. Orit Tuil(Credit: FBI)
Wanted: Orit Tuil is a suspect in a large-scale real estate scheme in New York City. As a real estate broker, Tuil would allegedly find straw buyers to purchase houses, or she would get people whose houses were in foreclosure to transfer the deeds to her. Once she had the deeds, she would then obtain mortgages and sell the properties to other straw buyers.
A federal arrest warrant was issued on June 16, 2010, in the Southern District of New York, and Tuil is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Reward: Up to $10,000
6. Spiro Edward Germenis
Wanted: Spiro Edward Germenis is a suspect in a Ponzi scheme, which led to him being charged in 2007 with violating federal wire fraud laws. Germenis established an investment management and advisory business named Oracle Evolution LLC, based in Great Neck. He created various hedge funds and expanded his business. Germenis eventually lost a substantial amount of money due to poor investments, gambling and the use of his clients' money to fund a lavish lifestyle. He then allegedly sent his clients falsified financial statements showing excellent investment returns, which led to more investment money from his victims.
The scheme collapsed when one of his largest investors sought to withdraw money from one of the hedge funds. Altogether, more than 25 victims lost more than $8 million.
Germenis disappeared in October 2006.
Reward: Up to $20,000