Guam – The U.S. Department of Justice told ABC News in a statement that alleged cyber thief Roman Seleznev, who remains in jail here on Guam, was arrested by another country at the request of the U.S.
Seleznev is accused of being one of the world’s most prolific traffickers of stolen credit card data. He’s alleged to have “devised and executed” a scheme to defraud the customers of various financial institutions including Chase Bank, Citibank and Capital One.
Yesterday a statement posted on the website of the Russian Foriegn Ministry accused the U.S. of kidnapping Seleznev last Saturday in the Maldives.
In response, an un-named Justice Department Spokesperson issued a statement to ABC News which says, in part:
“Seleznev was arrested by another country at the request of the U.S. and was taken into U.S. custody following his expulsion from that country, which acted under its own laws. He was advised of his rights and given consular notification. These actions also were in no way inconsistent with any treaty arrangements with Russia.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Guam issued a statement on Tuesday saying that Seleznev was placed under arrest by U.S. Auhtorities when he arrived on Guam.
Seleznev made an initial appearance in Guam’s District Court Monday. Federal Public Defender John Gorman has been appointed to represent him at a “Writ of Removal” hearing set for July 22.
Gorman told PNC News Wednesday that he was informed by federal officials that the U.S. Secret Service arranged with the Maldives Government to “detain” Seleznev as he was about to board a plane back to Moscow this past Saturday, July 5th. He said Seleznev was then flown on a charter flight here to Guam where, the Federal authorities said, the actual “arrest” was made.
Federal Prosecutors want to bring him to Washington State where he was indicted back in March of 2011.