A Canadian national, formerly an affiliate of the Netwalker ransomware has been sentenced to 20 years in US prison for his role in the crimes.
A judge arranged that Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins, 35, be forced to give back the estimated $21.5 million he scammed from multiple individuals and organizations.
The Netwalker was specially designed for the COVID-19 pandemic. It specifically targeted healthcare workers, exploiting them in order to extort money from their victims.
The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida said, “The defendant, in this case, used sophisticated technological means to exploit hundreds of victims during a health crisis, who were at the height of an international health crisis.”
An IT engineer working for the Canadian government was extradited to the U.S. this March and a month before, an Ontario court awarded him an eight-year sentence.
The defendant was arrested on January 27, 2022, after the Canadian police seized $742,840 in Canadian currency and 719 bitcoins. As of today, the worth of a bitcoin is $14,463,993.
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