3W3RR Jail-pedition continues

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by NT2X, Jun 21, 2018.

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  1. NT2X

    NT2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Gang,

    This post is about a guy some of you love to hate - Romeo Vega (Roman Stepanenko), 3W3RR.

    For the rest of us, who keep track of his whereabouts, he has been moved to Moshannon Valley Correctional Center, Pensylvannia, (a.k.a. MVCC), in May of this year

    Prior to that, he undertook a 2 months trip around the country, with the map of his travels posted below. Of course, as an inmate, he didn't see much.


    There are some interesting stories published about his roadtrip, (alas in Russian) , but with Google Translate they are quite fascinating.

    Almost 900 people took him up on his Jail QSL card offer to-date, which he continues to mail out until his terms ends. He is due to be released in April 2020

    See the card sample below. Info on QSLing can be found here


    I'm not trying to glorify him by any means, but as someone who almost paid his debts to society in 18 years, he deserves not to be forgotten. An occasional bit of sympathy also helps.

    73, Ed/NT2X
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2018
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  2. W0JRM

    W0JRM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing.
  3. WG7X

    WG7X Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Of all the strange things I've seen on QRZ, this has to be one of the strangest!
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  4. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

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  5. NN3W

    NN3W Ham Member QRZ Page

    He could have done a County Hunters DXpedition!
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  6. W1BR

    W1BR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Was he ever convicted of anything?
  7. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    As a worldwide credit card scammer convicted in multiple countries, I don't see why he is deserving of any sympathy.


    Vega’s case has been going on for quite some time. The Ukrainian credit card fraudster was arrested, prosecuted, and convicted in Cyprus in 2003. Then, he was brought to the United States in 2004 to face federal charges in California, to which he pleaded guilty. By 2007, Vega faced fresh charges in New York. By early 2009, Vega pleaded guilty to those charges, but then he attempted to withdraw his plea in 2011. Various motions were filed, but by May 2012, the judge denied his request and his plea stood.

    The long delay between his initial arrest and final sentencing could suggest a plea bargain of some kind between Vega and American authorities. In a 20-page sentencing recommendation letter (PDF) to the judge, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York recommended that Vega be given “at least 20 years” in prison.

    “Today’s sentence is a significant milestone in our ongoing effort to aggressively target and dismantle global cybercrime organizations that operate from every corner of the world,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman in a statement. “Vega helped create one of the largest and most sophisticated credit card fraud sites in the cybercrime underworld—a distinction that has earned him the substantial sentence he received today.”
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  8. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't know if he is some sort of folk hero based on his alleged crimes and convictions it would appear he is as much a common criminal as the other occupants of whatever institution he happens to land in.
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  9. K9BMH

    K9BMH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't see the original poster as glorifying him and I do think this is probably the place to put this info because it may not be an official special event station, but it is certainly unique. As a LEO, I am certainly one who believes that the intention of prison should be restorative and not just punitive so he is serving his time. IMHO
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2018
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  10. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Is this the guy who allegedly did DXpeditions, but never actually set foot in some cases, working DX from the boat?
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