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Ukrainian man faces charge over alleged online scheme

A Ukrainian man extradited from Croatia to Las Vegas pleaded not guilty in federal court to a charge related to his alleged role in a worldwide online scheme to steal personal and financial information.

Sergei Litvinenko, who arrived in Las Vegas on Friday, was in court for an arraignment hearing on Monday. He faces one count of conspiracy to engage in a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

Litvinenko, 37, is an alleged member of an online criminal organization known as Carder.su or its alias “Dorbik,” ICE officials said.

He is one of 39 defendants named in a Las Vegas federal grand jury indictment. It is the result of a long-term undercover investigation by ICE, Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service and members of a Las Vegas-based fraud task force.

Litvinenko initially was arrested in August 2012 by Croatian authorities, based on U.S. charges. A Croatian higher court approved his extradition last month, ICE officials said.

He is being held without bond.

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