Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP
A Lithuanian man was guilty last week of earning Google and Facebook over $ 100 million in a comprehensive system of fake business, fake emails, and fake invoices.
In an accusation unsealed by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York last week, the Ministry of Justice claimed that Evaldas Rimasauskas and other aforementioned composers expressed Taiwan-based hardware manufacturer Quanta Computer – which both technical companies are doing – by creating a company in Latvia same name. With the help of myriad forged invoices, contracts, letters, business stamps and general confusion created by the company murderer, they successfully bambled Google and Facebook to pay tens of millions of dollars in fraudulent bills from 2013 to 2015.
Payments were linked to bank accounts controlled by Rimasauskas, which he then washed through several other bank accounts in Latvia, Cyprus, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary and Hong Kong.
The 50-year-old, who was extradited to New York in 2017, was guilty of a bill of wire fraud on Wednesday and agreed to lose $ 49.7 million. He could face up to 30 years in prison when he was sentenced on July 24.
"As Evaldas Rimasauskas adopted today, he designed a blatant schedule to fly US companies from $ 100 million and then seized that money into bank accounts around the world," said US lawyer Geoffrey Berman in a statement. "Rimasauskas thought he could hide behind a computer screen halfway across the world while performing his deceptive system, but as he has learned, American justice is long arms and he is now facing significant time in an American prison."
The indictment does not identify Google and Facebook by name, but the two tech giants confirmed the NPR that they are Victim-1 and Victim-2 respectively.
Both companies said they downloaded all or most of the money, but refused to comment on the exact amount. Bloomberg reported, "The system netted about $ 23 million from Google 2013 and about $ 98 million from Facebook in 2015, according to a person familiar with the matter."
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a counseling in June, warning that this type of fraud, called Business Email Compromise, has increased by 1,300 percent since January 2015. The FBI estimates that companies have been defrauding more than $ 3 billion recent years.