Russian programmer extradited to US pleads guilty

Russian programmer extradited to US pleads guilty
Programmer Stanislav Lisov Photo: RBC

We are talking about Stanislav Lisov, who was detained two years ago in Spain, and then extradited to the United States. He is accused of involvement in the theft of funds from accounts through the spread of a banking Trojan.

Programmer Stanislav Lisov, who in the US is accused of committing cybercrimes, including involvement in the spread of a banking Trojan, admitted his guilt. This is reported by the prosecutor's office of the Southern District of New York.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Berman and FBI representative William Sweeney Jr. announced that Stanislav Lisov in a federal court in Manhattan pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute malicious software, known as NeverQuest, to infect computers and steal data from bank accounts.

Lisov's lawyer Arkady Bukh confirmed to TASS that his client had pleaded guilty. The defender said that it is a recognition of one of the two charges. “This recognition was the result of a lengthy negotiation process with the Prosecutor’s Office of the Southern District of New York,” the lawyer said. He clarified that the maximum penalty for this crime is five years.

Lisov’s defense expects their client to be sentenced to the term he has already served while in custody in the United States and Spain. If this happens, the Russian will be immediately released. “This is unlikely, but possible,” Bukh said.

Lisov was detained on January 13, 2017 in Spain. The basis was the Interpol order issued at the request of the United States. In January 2018, Lisov was extradited from Spain to the United States. Earlier it was reported that Lisov faces up to 35 years in prison in the United States. The lawyer did not exclude the possibility of the life sentence. Lisov sent an appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking for help.

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