Ga. Hacker Caught with 675K Credit Card Accounts

Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 04:18 PM

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer hacker from Georgia has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft after authorities found him with more than 675,000 stolen credit card accounts on his home computers.

Twenty-six-year-old Rogelio Hackett Jr. of Lithonia, Ga., pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Virginia.

Credit card companies have traced more than $36 million in fraudulent transactions to the accounts that were breached by Hackett.

Court documents indicate that Hackett built a reputation for himself as a teenager in the hacking community and had been stealing account information for roughly a decade. Typically, he sold the account data to others, who would use them to make fraudulent charges.

He will be sentenced in July and faces two to 12 years in prison.

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