ALIASES: “Nicolae Petrache” (2012), “Nicolae Stoichitoiu” (2005)
DOB: February 6, 1980
POB: Alexandria, Romania
HEIGHT: 5’10” (178 cm)
WEIGHT: 187 lbs (85 kg)
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Green
Nicolae Popescu allegedly led a sophisticated Internet fraud ring targeting primarily U.S. consumers. Based in Romania and other countries in Europe, it is believed that he and several co-conspirators posted false advertisements selling vehicles and other high-value merchandise onlegitimate websites. The items for sale did not exist, potentially resulting inmillions in losses to U.S. victims. Popescu was indicted in December 2012 on charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering, passport fraud, and trafficking in counterfeit service marks. He is currently listed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cyber’s Most Wanted list.
The U.S. Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $1 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Nicolae Popescu. A reward of up to $750,000 is also being offered for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of an alleged co-conspirator, Dumitru Daniel Bosogioiu.
If you have information and you are outside the United States, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. In the United States, please contact the FBI office in your city or via the Major Case Contact Center at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324); http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/ . You may also submit a tip online at: tips.fbi.gov .