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Federal jury convicts 2 in interstate credit card scheme

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A federal jury in Harrisburg has convicted two men in a $500,000 stolen credit card scheme that spanned several states.

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.

Kismat and Sorokin fraudulently obtained more than 100 credit and debit card numbers from over 25 banks and credit unions and then used them at stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

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

Smith said that Kismat and Sorokin committed most of their crimes in Target stores, but used the stolen bank card numbers at other retailers as well.

The defendants are scheduled for sentencing in February. Sorokin faces deportation to Russia following his sentence.

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