The secret of this kinky criminal

He loved big screen TVs, 
stealing credit cards, 
and sadomasochistic sex

Beverly Russell had a secret. She was a detective in Athens, Georgia who knew how a criminal named Vikas Yadav kept police informants out of his gang of credit card thieves.

Mr. Yadav, a student from India, had studied at the University of Georgia, but was expelled for plagiarism. While working at a liquor store, he stuck a keylogger on a cash register, which stole credit card numbers and PIN codes. He then encoded fraudulent credit cards (or "cloned" them) to buy merchandise and withdraw cash from ATMs.

He found dealers who placed orders for stolen goods, which his gang would buy and then resell.

They especially liked flat-screen TVs.

Mr. Yakov seemed successful. He drove a Hummer, a Mercedes Benz and a BMW and lived in a neighborhood where his neighbors owned expensive horses.

His neighbors saw many rental trucks delivering things to his home.

In 2008, Mr. Yakav was stopped outside a Walmart after a clerk said he made a suspicious transaction. When his van was searched, they found cloned credit cards, cloning equipment and stolen merchandise.

All the fake cards were created from the information stolen at the liquor store where Mr. Yakav worked.

When Dwight Riddick - a member of the gang and a former New York City police officer - was arrested, he explained the gang's recruiting secret.

Mr. Yakav recruited his gang through S&M (or BDSM) chat rooms. He traveled all over the country to recruit members, who were required to have three-way sex with Mr. Yakav and other members to enter the gang. This way, thought Mr. Yakav, they couldn't be police informants. (And he got to have sex with them.)

Mr. Yakav would also videotape the sexual sessions to watch later on a huge TV.

In 2010, he was deported to India.

After his three gang members were sentenced in 2012, closing the case, Detective Russell was finally able to speak:
"This took one of the most bizarre turns in any case I’ve ever come across."
Bizarre details emerge from investigation of Athens credit card cloning ring, Athens Banner-Herald>>

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