A Russian man who police say operates one of the world’s largest online criminal networks has been arrested in Bangkok and is set to be extradited to the US.
Sergey Medvedev, 31, is accused of being one of the co-founders of the Infraud Organisation, an online bazaar, which has been compared to eBay for criminals, where weapons, drugs, stolen identities, credit card details and even hardware that can compromise ATMs is for sale.
Thai police said that Medvedev was arrested on Sukhumvit Soi 56 on February 2 at the request of their US counterparts.
He had been in Thailand for six weeks and was staying at a condo on Sukhumvit Soi 100/1.
Police said that Medvedev was a frequent visitor to Thailand over the past 6 years, staying in the country on tourist visas.
Earlier this week, the US Department for Justice indicted 36 people linked to the In Fraud crime syndicate.
As well as Medvedev, 13 other people were arrested around globe, with 6 people detained in the US and in six other countries including Australia, France, Italy, Kosovo, Serbia and the United Kingdom.
Medvedev reportedly became the senior figure on Infraud after its other co-founder Svyatoslav Bondarenko mysteriously stopped posting on the site in 2015.
Police have said that Bondarenko’s whereabouts are currently unknown.
Thai Police Maj. Nuthapong Rattanamongkolsak said Medvedev is “being detained at Bangkok Remand Prison waiting for US authorities to take him for prosecution in the US”.
This isn’t the first time that a most wanted cyber criminal has been arrested in Bangkok.
Last year, police arrested Canadian Alexandre Cazes, 26, who allegedly operated the AlphaBay website, another Dark Web marketplace where narcotics and firearms, as well as other illicit items could be traded.
Following his arrest, Cazes was found dead in his prison cell. Thai police ruled the death as suicide.