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Software piracy ‘kingpin’ captured in Bangkok
US pushes for extradition
A Ukrainian man alleged to be the mastermind behind a multi-million dollar computer software piracy racket has been captured in Thailand.
Maksym Vysochansky, 25, who was arrested in Bangkok Monday evening, allegedly sold US$ 3 million worth of computer software, "resulting in damage worth up to $1 billion to the US software industry", Bangkok paper The Nation reports.
Vysochansky, compared by The Nation to Frank W Abagnale Jr from the film Catch Me If You Can, is on the US Secret Service's most-wanted list, the paper reports.
"This guy was on the US Secret Service's 10 most wanted list. He's definitely a big shot," a US embassy spokesman told AFP, describing Vysochansky as a "kingpin" of international computer crime.
Surely the US authorities aren't trying to inflate Vysochansky's position in order to pressure the Thai authorities into a swift extradition? Heaven forbid.
Vysochansky has been sent to the Bangkok Remand Prison pending further legal proceedings. ®