US Recovers $15 Million From Ad Fraud Group


United States authorities announced this week that they have retrieved more than $15 million in illicit proceeds derived from the advertising fraud scheme known as “3ve.”

Consisting of three different sub-operations – the Kovter botnet and two other operations – the 3ve scheme was dismantled in 2018, when authorities announced charges against three involved individuals: Aleksandr Isaev, of Russia, and Sergey Ovsyannikov and Yevgeniy Timchenko, of Kazakhstan.

Ovsyannikov and Timchenko were arrested in 2018 and extradited to the United States, where they pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Isaev is still at large.

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