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“In fraud we trust” – cyber gangster jailed


Another member of notorious carding gang the Infraud Organization has been brought to justice, after being sentenced to four years for online racketeering.

John Telusma, 37, of New York, pleaded guilty to the charge at a district court in Nevada. “The Infraud Organization, a transnational cybercrime enterprise, engaged in the mass acquisition and sale of fraud-related goods and services, including stolen identities, compromised credit card data, computer malware, and other contraband,” said the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in a statement released on May 27.

Telusma is the fourteenth member of the gang to be put behind bars. At its height, the Infraud Organization is believed to have consisted of more than 10,000 criminal members worldwide, operating for seven years under the slogan “In Fraud We Trust.”

Going by the online alias of Peterelliot, Telusma worked with the Infraud Organization for more than five years, purchasing stolen cards and helping other members monetize their fraudulent activities.

Other members to have been sentenced include co-founder Sergey Medvedev, 34, aka Stells, a Russian national, and Valerian Chiochiu, aka Onassis, a US citizen, who are both serving ten-year terms.

Telusma’s case was overseen by the Homeland Security Investigations department and local police in Henderson, Nevada, with assistance from the DoJ’s international office.


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