European man charged in phishing scam to appear in US court

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Eastern European man is set to face a federal judge in Pittsburgh on charges he ran an international email phishing scheme that enabled him and others to steal banking information from U.S. companies.

Thirty-year-old Andrey Ghinkul is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon. The Moldovan man was arrested in August while on vacation in Cyprus and was extradited to Pennsylvania last week.

Prosecutors say U.S. victims of the malware Ghinkul’s ring used to infect computers lost about $10 million. The charges were filed in Pittsburgh partly because the greatest threats involved a bank and a school district in western Pennsylvania.

Ghinkul doesn’t have an attorney. Federal prosecutors plan to ask that he remain jailed until trial.