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What JPMorgan hack suspect might offer to help US authorities

Gery Shalon could provide US prosecutors with a road map to Russian cybercrimes, money laundering

By Helena Bedwell, Christian Berthelsen and Michael Riley  /  Bloomberg

Georgian authorities said he was arrested entering the country through Tbilisi International Airport and said he was unaware that he was a wanted man.

For US officials, Tyurin could help illuminate the links between Russia’s cybercriminals and its spy agencies. During the JPMorgan investigation, US intelligence agencies presented the FBI with evidence that Russia had tried to recruit the hacker, who was initially referred to in the indictment as co-conspirator 1.

According to Georgian authorities, Moscow mounted an unsuccessful bid to have Tyurin returned to Russia.

Tyurin appeared at a hearing immediately upon arriving in the US and again a few weeks later. Subsequent hearings in his case have been postponed, like those for Shalon over earlier years.

A lawyer for Tyurin did not respond to a request for comment.

Shalelashvili, in an interview with Bloomberg, said he was aware of Tyurin’s arrest in Georgia, but had no knowledge of how it came about.

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