Financial fraud: MEA arrests Ukrainian in the US

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 20:46

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs
has arrested Surgey Valeryevich Storchak, a dual citizen of
Ukraine and Germany whose extradition was sought by the USA
for his alleged complicity in financial frauds there.

Storchak, who was in judicial custody of a magistrate at
Dwarka courts after being detained at the IGI Airport by
immigration authorities, was produced before Additional Chief
Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Ajay Pandey in connection with
the extradition proceedings initiated by the Ministry of
External Affairs at the request of the USA.

The court allowed MEA to arrest Storchak in connection
with the extradition case and fixed the matter for further
proceedings on July 24.

Earlier, the ACMM had issued a production warrant against
Storchak after allowing the plea of Naveen K Matta, special
prosecutor of MEA, that his arrest was in the interest of

MEA had also filed a copy of the order issued by a court
in Southern District at California, along with the extradition
request of the federal government of the USA.

The extradition request, signed by US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, detailed the alleged "overt acts" committed
by Storchak in California in 2005 and 2007.

"On or about July 21, 2005, fugitive Storchak possessed
approximately 16, 123 unauthorised access devices (used in
e-banking)," the USA said in its plea.

The fugitive criminal, on or about October 3, 2007,
agreed to sell 64 stolen credit card account numbers to a
purchaser in Southern District in California, the plea said.

The conduct of the accused affected the interstate
commerce and the value of the fraud aggregated 1,000 USD, it


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First Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 20:46

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