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Tsvetnenko went from a cash-strapped university dropout to a multi-millionaire in a few short years.
But behind his success was an auto-subscribing scam that fleeced $US41 million from American phone customers.
Tsvetnenko, a major player in the fraud, claimed the biggest cut.
His greed funded a high-flying lifestyle mixing with Hollywood royalty.
But even he knew those days were numbered.
The fraudster finally surrendered in January, after more than three years battling extradition.
US prosecutors said he was “paying a steep price for his mobile scam”.
Tsvetnenko is now paying back all the stolen money and spending 98 months in a US federal prison.
Whether he will be allowed a transfer to Australia remains to be seen.