Ukrainian hacker to be extradited

Wednesday, 17 December 2003, 11:58 AM EST

A Thai court Tuesday approved the extradition of a Ukrainian man to the United States for alleged computer crimes, including the sale of counterfeit software that deprived American companies of millions of dollars.

The extradition of Maksym Kovalchuk was ordered by Bangkok's criminal court, an official at the Thai attorney general's office said on condition of anonymity.

Kovalchuk, 25, of Ternopil, Ukraine, was arrested May 20 in downtown Bangkok. He was carrying documents identifying him as Maksym Vysochanskyy.

He has denied all charges.

In a criminal complaint filed in San Jose, California in 2000, Kovalchuk was charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods, copyright infringement, money laundering and possession of unauthorised credit card information.

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