San Francisco – May 22 – LAWFUEL – The president, CEO and founder of the San Francisco-based LegalMatch.Com was
indicted today by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana for illegally listening to and
deleting his competitor’s voice mails and then making false statements to the FBI
about his illegal conduct.
Dmitri Shubov, 31, of San Francisco, was named in an indictment that alleges three
counts of unlawful access to store communications and one count of making false
Shubov founded LegalMatch in 1999. The Internet-based service matches attorneys with
potential clients. One of LegalMatch’s competitors is the Irvine-based Casepost.com.
The indictment alleges that Shubov called Casepost’s voice mail system and used an
access code that allowed him to listen to and delete messages from Casepost’s voice
The indictment also alleges that Shubov knowingly made false statements to special
agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this year when he denied
hacking into Casepost’s voice mail system.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every
defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable
Shubov will be summoned to appear for an arraignment in the coming weeks in United
States District Court in Santa Ana.
If he is convicted of all four counts in the indictment, Shubov faces a maximum
possible penalty of 20 years imprisonment.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
and the United States Secret Service.