- Associated Press - Sunday, December 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for a credit card scheme that targeted students in the San Juan Unified School District.

The Sacramento Bee reported 41-year-old Ruslan Kirilyuk of Beverly Hills was convicted of 24 counts of wire fraud and other charges.

Authorities say more than $3.4 million was charged to 119,000 stolen accounts between October 2011 and March 2014.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California says Kirilyuk and three other conspirators created fake companies using the personal information of more than 200 students in the Sacramento County school district.

Authorities say the student information was taken from stolen report cards.

Authorities say the entities were designed to look like real companies with names such as “CVS Store,” “Walt Mart,” and “Chevran.”

Authorities say the charges were made by a hacker in Moscow. The money was transferred to shell bank accounts in the names of former Russian work-study visa holders and people whose identities were stolen.

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