Tartu County Court convicts man of cyber crime, money laundering

Harju County Court interior.
Harju County Court interior. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

The Southern District Prosecutor's Office has charged 32-year old Dennis Einasto with various cyber crimes, including cyber fraud, money laundering and the illegal use of computer systems.

Tartu County Court convicted Einasto of preparing to commit cyber crime and sentenced him to two years in jail.

Einasto's computer contained cryptocurrency and web hosting databases hosting large numbers of usernames and passwords, but which did not belong to him.

The court also convicted himEinasto of computer fraud, for causing nearly €28,500 in damages, and sentenced him to three years in jail.

He was also convicted of illegally obtaining access to computer systems, bypassing the security systems, sentencing him to three years in jail. In addition, Einasto was convicted of large-scale money laundering, accompanied by a four-and-a-half year jail sentence. Overall, he was sentenced to four years, five months and 26 days in jail.

The total of Dennis Einasto's illegal turnover was €3.25 million, of which €28,417.95 has been traced.

In addition, 57-year old Madis Einasto was acquitted of other money laundering offences, however, as necessary elements of offence were not discovered.

The court's decision has not yet entered into force and can be appealed.

State Prosecutor Piret Paukšhtys commented that the prosecution welcomes the county court's agreement with the prosecution in the large-scale and legally complex criminal case.

Pauktšys said: "Today's decision shows that Dennis Einasto commited cyber crimes on an international scale and was also involved in money laundering, the court has now confiscated the illegal turnover. Although the court did not agree with the prosecution's allegations regarding Madis Einasto, they are pleased that he was also forced to hand over the illegal turnover."


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