Man Gets 6 Months for Helping Russians Conduct Disinformation Campaign

A California man who says he unwittingly helped Russia conduct a disinformation campaign on social media before the 2016 presidential election has been sentenced to six months in prison and another six months of home confinement after pleading guilty to a single count of identity fraud earlier this year. Richard Pinedo, 28, of Santa Paula, received his sentence on Wednesday after admitting in February to selling bank account numbers so his clients could circumvent security features on electronic payment services including PayPal.