Russian cyber criminal given additional jail time for role in $50M fraud ring


A Russian cyber criminal already serving a 27-year sentence in federal prison has been given an additional 14 years for his role in a $50 million scheme that involved trafficking stolen credit card numbers.

The Justice Department on Thursday sentenced Roman Seleznev, the son of a member of Russian parliament, to additional jail time for his role in the organized cybercrime ring and for defrauding banks of $9 million through a computer hacking scheme.

Seleznev has also been ordered to pay more than $50 million in restitution, according to federal officials. 

{mosads}Seleznev pleaded guilty in both criminal cases, which were investigated in Nevada and Georgia, in early September.

The 33-year-old Russian was previously convicted in federal court in Washington on 38 counts related to his role in a wire fraud and computer hacking scheme targeting U.S. businesses.

Federal officials say that Seleznev netted more than $169 million in profits from hacking into point-of-sale computers, stealing credit card numbers and then selling them on the dark web. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison in April for those crimes. 

Federal officials in Nevada and Georgia announced the sentencing on Thursday afternoon. 

Seleznev was arrested in the Maldives in 2014 and brought to the U.S. to face charges.

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