Quantcast

US hacker pleads guilty to credit card theft

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, April 21, 2011 17:40 EDT
google plus icon
creditcards0421
 
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

WASHINGTON — A 26-year-old computer hacker pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers, causing losses of more than $36 million.

Rogelio Hackett, of Lithonia, Georgia, entered the plea in an Alexandria, Virginia court, the Justice Department said in a statement.

US Secret Service special agents found more than 675,000 stolen credit card numbers in Hackett’s computers and email accounts during a 2009 search of his home, the department said.

Hackett acknowledged in court documents that he had obtained credit card numbers for the previous seven years by hacking into business computer networks, downloading credit card databases or purchasing them on the Internet.

He also admitted selling credit card information and counterfeit cards to acquire gift cards and merchandise.

Tens of thousands of fraudulent transactions were traced to the card numbers acquired by Hackett, totaling more than $36 million.

Hackett will be sentenced on July 22. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on fraud charges and an additional two years for identity theft.

Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
AFP journalists cover wars, conflicts, politics, science, health, the environment, technology, fashion, entertainment, the offbeat, sports and a whole lot more in text, photographs, video, graphics and online.
 
 
 
 
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.
 
Google+