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22 November 2019, 13:10

Programmer from Taganrog sentenced to four years in prison in USA

A US court has sentenced Stanislav Lisov, a programmer from the city of Taganrog, to four years in prison, finding him guilty of cybercrimes. Lisov will be set free in a few months, since the court took into account the term already served by him.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Stanislav Lisov was detained in Barcelona on January 13, 2017, on the basis of a request from the FBI and the Interpol on suspicion of designing the NeverQuest virus, used to steal banking card data. Investigators estimated the damage caused by his actions as five million US dollars. Initially, Lisov refused to plead guilty; however, in January 2018, he was extradited to the USA, where he was charged with cybercrimes. In February 2019, the programmer pled partially guilty as a result of negotiations with the local prosecutor's office, his advocate has reported.

The Federal Court of the Southern District of New York State has sentenced Stanislav Lisov to four years in prison for stealing money from accounts in American banks with the help of the NeverQuest Trojan virus, the RIA "Novosti" reported on November 21.

The judge's decision to appoint the relatively small prison term was influenced by the fact that Lisov had a difficult childhood, when his family was forced to leave Grozny. The judge also considered it inhumane that in the Spanish prison, where Lisov spent a year before his extradition to the USA, he was restricted in phone calls and visits, the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" reported on November 21 on its website.

After leaving prison, Lisov will most likely be deported to Russia.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 22, 2019 at 09:07 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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