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US prosecutors have extradited a Belarusian national accused of running a website that helped thousands of criminals exploit stolen financial information.

Dmitry M. Naskovets, 26, was transferred from the Czech Republic to federal prosecutors in Manhattan on Friday. In April, he was charged with creating and operating CallService.biz, an online service that supplied identity thieves with English- and German-speaking individuals to call financial institutions and pose as authorized account holders. They would then confirm fraudulent withdrawals, transfers, and other transactions being made from compromised accounts.

The extradition came after Naskovets consented.

CallService.biz was designed to make it easy for identity thieves to complete transactions that require verbal confirmation from an account holder. Crooks could submit online requests for someone of a particular locale and sex to call a particular financial institution and make certain types of requests or supply certain pieces of information.

The operators advertised the service on various websites that catered to identity thieves. According to one ad, the service, which operated from 2007 to 2010, assisted about 2,090 people carry out some 5,400 instances of fraud.

Naskovets faces one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 39 and a half years in federal prison.

Alleged co-conspirator Sergey Semasko, also a Belarusian national, also faces charges brought by Belarusian prosectors. ®

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