Malware author pleads guilty for role in transnational cybercrime organization responsible for more than $568 million in losses
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – An author of malicious computer software and a member of the Infraud Organization pleaded guilty today to RICO conspiracy as a result of an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) and the Henderson Nevada Police Department.
Valerian Chiochiu, aka “Onassis,” “Flagler,” “Socrate,” and “Eclessiastes,” 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan in the District of Nevada. Chiochiu is a national of the Republic of Moldova, but resided in the United States during the period of the conspiracy. His plea came just over a month after the co-founder and administrator of Infraud, Sergey Medvedev of Russia, separately pleaded guilty June 26. Sentencing for Chiochiu has been scheduled for Dec. 11.