Russian Hacker Pleads Guilty to Role in Organized Crime Ring, Online Identity Theft

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A Russian computer hacker serving nearly three decades for cyber crimes and convicted in August of wire fraud for stealing more than two million credit card numbers has pleaded guilty in two other criminal cases related to a $50 million online identity theft conspiracy.

In pleading guilty to participating in a racketeering enterprise and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, 33, admitted to his role in the group that trafficked compromised credit card account data, including operating an automated web site that allowed members of the group to purchase the stolen data.

Seleznov is the son of Russian parliament member Valery Seleznev. He was arrested in the Maldives in 2014 and extradited to the U.S. to face charges. In April, he was sentenced to 27 years in prison for hacking crimes that caused more than $169 million in damages to small businesses and financial institutions. He faces sentencing for his most recent convictions in December.

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