Djevair Ametovski, Codeshop Operator
Sentenced to 90 Months’ Imprisonment
April 22, 2019
Defendant’s “Codeshop” Website
Sold Troves of Stolen Credit Card Data and Bank Account Logins on the
In federal court in Brooklyn, Djevair
Ametovski, a Macedonian citizen, was sentenced by United States District
Judge Eric N. Vitaliano to 90 months’ imprisonment after previously
pleading guilty to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Those crimes related to Ametovski’s operation of “Codeshop,” a website
he created for the sole purpose of selling stolen credit and debit card
data, bank account credentials and personal identification information.
Judge Vitaliano also ordered the defendant to forfeit $250,000 and to
pay restitution in an amount to be determined by the Court at a later
date. Ametovski was arrested in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in January 2014,
and was extradited to the United States in May 2016.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of
New York, and David E. Beach, Special Agent-in-Charge, United States
Secret Service, New York Field Office (USSS), announced the sentence.
“Ametovski and his co-conspirators were merchants of crime, stealing
victims’ information and selling that information to other criminals,”
stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “This Office and our law
enforcement partners will tirelessly pursue cybercriminals who seek to
profit at others’ expense.” Mr. Donoghue thanked the Slovenian Ministry
of the Interior and Ministry of Justice, the United States Marshals
Service, the U.S. Department of State Regional Security Officers in
Slovenia and the Netherlands, and the Justice Department’s Office of
International Affairs, for their assistance with the investigation and
prosecution of the defendant.
“The sentencing of this transnational cybercriminal emphasizes the
commitment of the Secret Service to disrupt and dismantle global
criminal networks,” stated USSS Special Agent-in-Charge Beach. “The
Secret Service will continue to work closely with our network of law
enforcement partners to dismantle criminal enterprises seeking to
victimize innocent people, regardless of geographic distance or
and his co-conspirators operated Codeshop between August 2010 and
January 2014, victimizing hundreds of thousands of individuals around
the world by hacking into the computer databases of financial
institutions and other businesses and through “phishing” scams designed
to induce accountholders to unwittingly surrender private identification
information. They packaged this stolen data for sale and posted it on
the Codeshop website, a fully indexed and searchable website that
allowed users to search by bank identification number, financial
institution, country, state and card brand to find the data they wanted.
The stolen data could then be used to make online purchases and to
encode plastic cards to withdraw cash at ATMs. Ametovski used a network
of online money exchangers and anonymous digital currencies, including
Bitcoin, to reap revenues from the Codeshop website and to conceal all
participants’ identities, including his own. Over the course of the
scheme, Ametovski obtained and sold stolen credit and debit card data
for more than 1.3 million cards.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s National Security
& Cybercrime Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Saritha
Komatireddy and David K. Kessler are in charge of the prosecution.