A Georgia man was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison after federal agents found more than 675,000 stolen credit card numbers and related information in his home computers. The hacked information was used in about $36 million of fraudulent transactions over the last nine years.
Rogelio Hackett Jr., 25, was sentenced in Alexandria, Va., and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. Hackett admitted to trafficking credit card information since at least 2002 by hacking into business computer networks and downloading credit card databases or by purchasing the information from others using the Internet through various carding forums.
According to the Justice Department, Hackett also admitted he sold credit card information, manufactured and sold counterfeit plastic cards, and used the credit card information to acquire gift cards and merchandise.
“Hacking and identity theft were a way of life for Mr. Hackett,“ said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. “For years, he used the Internet to steal and sell identities to further a multimillion-dollar fraud.”
“Identity theft has devastating effects on consumers and businesses alike, and we will continue to be aggressive in pursuing this pernicious criminal activity,“ he added.