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19:46, 22 August 2017 Tuesday
Update: 20:11, 11 August 2017 Friday

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Lithuania okays extradition of Google, Facebook fraud suspect
Lithuania okays extradition of Google, Facebook fraud suspect

The court in the Baltic state rejected the appeal of suspect Evaldas Rimasauskas against an earlier extradition order due to the "possible damage" he caused to US-registered companies.

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Lithuanian appeal court on Friday ordered the extradition to the United States of a man accused of swindling $100 million (85 million euros) from tech giants Google and Facebook.

The 48-year-old was arrested in March in EU member Lithuania at the request of US authorities, who accuse him of deceiving the two US firms in 2013-2015 by posing as a large Asia-based hardware vendor. 

Rimasauskas is charged with defrauding Google of $23.3 million from and $99 million from Facebook, according to the court's press release.

He is also accused of forging invoices, contracts and letters to trick the companies into wiring money to bank accounts in Latvia and Cyprus.

The decision is final but the handover date has not yet been announced.

California-based internet giant Google insisted in July that the scam was pulled off using deception and that none of its systems were hacked.

Google also said it had updated its internal processes to guard against similar incidents and recovered the money lost.



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