On September 8, 2017, Roman Valeryevich Seleznev pled guilty in separate criminal actions in the District of Nevada and the Northern District of Georgia to one count of participation in a racketeering enterprise and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for his role in an identity theft and credit card fraud ring known as “Carder.su.”  Seleznev admitted that, as part of the crime ring, he sold stolen credit card account data and other personal information to fellow members through an automated website, charging approximately $20 for each fraudulent account.  The resulting loss to victims totaled more than $50 million.  He also admitted to working with internet hackers to defraud an Atlanta-based company responsible for processing debit card transactions on behalf of financial institutions, accessing their computer systems to steal 45.5 million debit card number which they then used to withdraw over $9.4 million from 2,100 ATMs in 280 cities around the world during a 12-hour period.  Fifty-five individuals have been charged in relation to the scheme; 33 have so far been convicted, and the remainder are either fugitives or awaiting trial.  Separately, Seleznev was convicted of 38 counts in the Western District of Washington relating to a scheme to gain access to point-of-sale computers and steal credit card numbers to sell on the black market, and sentenced to 27 years in prison.

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