Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, of Vilnius, is facing charges of wire fraud and money laundering in the US after the FBI claimed he had organised a fraudulent email scheme.
Rimasauskas is alleged to have persuaded two US-based internet companies to wire a total of over $100m to bank accounts he had set up bearing the same name as suppliers to those companies.
Acting US attorney Joon Kim said: “From half a world away, Evaldas Rimasauskas allegedly targeted multinational internet companies and tricked their agents and employees into wiring over $100m to overseas bank accounts under his control.
“This case should serve as a wake-up call to all companies — even the most sophisticated — that they too can be victims of phishing attacks by cyber criminals.”
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