March 31, 2015
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego man has pleaded guilty to
withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars from people's bank
accounts with help from accomplices in Russia, the Dominican
Republic and New York.
Mikhail Tuknov admitted Monday in federal court that his sources
in Russia gave him access codes to more than 1,000 bank accounts.
Tuknov says he gave the codes to an associate in the Dominican
Republic who encoded blank plastic cards and delivered them to
others in New York City.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitch Dembin says Tuknov's partners in
New York used the fake debit cards to withdraw cash. Tuknov
admitted withdrawing $371,000 in less than a year.
Dembin says Tuknov's Russian sources paid him a commission on
Tuknov faces up to 30 years in prison for fraud and conspiracy
to launder money.