HARRISBURG, Penn. – A federal jury yesterday convicted two men in a $500,000 interstate stolen credit card scheme that hit 25 credit unions and banks.

The scheme was first uncovered at Target Stores in the Harrisburg area, where investigators had seen the two repeatedly attempting to purchase gift cards with multiple credit cards, many of which were regularly declined.

Among those hit by the scheme were Navy FCU, American Airlines FCU, Suncoast Schools FCU and South Florida Education FCU, as well as Bank of America, Huntington National Bank, Merrick Bank, USAA and State Farm Bank.

The defendants fraudulently obtained more than 100 credit and debit card numbers from the credit unions and banks, and then used them at stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, according to prosecutors.

Ramil Kismat, of New York, and Sergey Sorokin, of New Jersey, were convicted of bank fraud and wire fraud, while the jury was deadlocked on charges related to identity theft.

The two men committed most of their crimes in Target stores, but also used the stolen bank card numbers at other retailers. The defendants are scheduled for sentencing in February. Sorokin faces deportation to Russia following his sentence.


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