The leader of an international business email compromise scam is heading to jail. The incarceration comes courtesy of a Secret Service investigation, a US attorney prosecution, and a guilty plea.
Kerby Rigaud, 27, of Duluth, Ga. pleaded guilty to a variety of charges related to the fact that from April 2015 through April 2016, he served as a key player in an international business email compromise scam that hit victims across the United States. According to court documents, Rigaud recruited associates to help with both ends of the scam. On the email side, he had co-conspirators send email with spoofed addresses asking for wire transfers into a number of different bank accounts. On the bank account side, he recruited individuals to provide their account information as transfer destinations, then told them where to send the proceeds once obtained.
The U.S. prosecutor's office says that Rigaud and his associates tried to steal more than $1 million dollars from various businesses around the US. Sentencing in the case is scheduled for June 14, 2018.
For information, see the US Department of Justice release, here.
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