April 22, 2011

Georgian Man Pleads Guilty To Credit Card Theft

A 26-year-old Georgia man pleaded guilty on charges that he caused more than $36 million in losses from credit card fraud, identity theft and counterfeit trafficking, the US Department of Justice said Thursday.

During a June 2009 raid, authorities found more than 675,000 stolen credit card numbers at the home of Rogelio Hackett, in Lithonia, GA.

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 and purchasing them over the Internet.

He also admitted to selling credit card information and counterfeit cards. Secret Service agents purchased 40 counterfeit cards from Hackett in June 2009, paying $1,180 for them, according to court documents.

Hackett was accused of amassing tens of thousands of fraudulent transactions totaling more than $36 million.

Hackett faces up to 10 years in prison on the access device charge and another 2 years on identity theft charge, which also carries a fine of $250,000. He also faces fines up to twice the amount of losses his victims encountered.

Hackett has been stealing credit card numbers since 2002. He stole more than 359,000 credit card numbers from an unnamed online ticketing company beginning in 2007, according to court documents. The documents said he made more than $100,000 from his ID theft business.

Hackett's sentencing is scheduled for 22 July in US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


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