According to allegations in the indictment against Rimasauskas, which was unsealed this week, he had orchestrated his scheme between 2013 and 2015, targeting “a multinational technology company and a multinational online social media company” and tricking them into wiring funds to bank accounts under his control.

The bank accounts in question belonged to companies that Rimasauskas had himself set up and incorporated with the same name as an unspecified “Asian-based computer hardware manufacturer” with whom the victim companies were involved in legitimate business.

Rimasauskas’s phishing emails posed as if they represented the real hardware manufacturer, and requested that money which the victim companies owed to that manufacturer for legitimate good and services be paid into the accounts of the company he’d set up himself.

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