COUNTY NEWS: Cyber criminal jailed over £840000 global fraud

A 29-year-old cyber criminal from Sussex has been jailed for his involvement in a crime syndicate that stole £840,000 from bank accounts across the world.

This follows an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Falcon Cyber Crime Unit.

Tomasz Skowron of Meredith Road, Worthing was sentenced to five years and three months’ imprisonment on Monday, December 19 at Croydon Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud, fraud and money laundering offences, a spokesperson for Metropolitan Police said.

Skowron was linked to a major online banking fraud after detectives from the Met’s Falcon (Fraud and Linked Crime Online) Cyber Crime Unit identified that he was responsible for several fraudulent payments into money mule accounts, and that several thousand pounds had also been paid directly into accounts under his control, the Met said.

In December 2014, a malware virus infected computers and victims around the world, with several victims and companies in Australia

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