A brazen international cybercrime ring is accused of infecting computers with a malicious computer program called Zeus Trojan to hack into bank accounts in the U.S., stealing millions of dollars. They recruited and used Russian college students on short-term work and study visas as mules to move the money out of the country.
In 2010 the money mule ring started to unravel. Law enforcement agencies joined forces across the U.S., U.K., the Netherlands and Ukraine to arrest at least 80 people worldwide for playing a role in this major scam. Among those charged were 37 men and women who were part of the New York money mule organization.
Today, eight alleged members of the mule organization remain at large. Most are believed to have made it back home to Russia or Moldova, where they face virtually no risk of prosecution. Artem Semenov is the only fugitive believed to still be in the U.S.
By Daniel Freed
Posted 1 Nov. 2013
Watch "The Money Mules" on "American Greed" for the full story on how the cybercrime ring unraveled. All new Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNBC.