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US Attorney mum on arrest of Russian hacker

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The US Attorney's Office in Guam is not providing any additional information regarding the arrest of Russian hacker Roman Seleznev.  The US Secret Service describes him as one of the world's most prolific traffickers of stolen information.  According to press releases from both the US Attorneys Office and the Secret Service he was picked up on Guam earlier this week. However according to an article in Reuters, the Russian Foreign Ministry said he was picked up at an airport in the Maldives.

The article goes on to report that Seleznev's father who is a deputy in Russia's Lower House, "intends to take all steps to protect his lawful interests". Russia is also accusing the US of kidnapping Seleznev.

From 2009-2011 he's accused of devising a scheme to defraud various financial institutions such as Chase Bank, Capital One and Citibank.  Fraudulent transactions were being perpetrated across the US and foreign countries.

As for whether Seleznev is connected to the recent rash of reports of wire fraud involving local banks, Bank Pacific's Phil Flores told KUAM today that he was informed by the Secret Service that there was no link between the cases.

Seleznev is scheduled to appear in the District Court on July 22.
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