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Russian cybercriminal pleads guilty in Nevada case

Updated September 8, 2017 - 9:21 pm

A Russian cybercriminal tied to a $50 million identity theft ring has pleaded guilty to a federal charge in a Nevada case, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, already serving nearly three decades behind bars on hacking-related charges, pleaded guilty Thursday in two other criminal cases. He pleaded guilty to one count of participation in a racketeering enterprise in a Nevada case and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a Georgia case.

The 33-year-old — also known as Track2, Bulba and Ncux — entered his pleas during a hearing in the Northern District of Georgia.

Seleznev, the son of Russian parliament member Valery Seleznev, was arrested in the Maldives in 2014 and was brought to face charges in the U.S. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 11.

In the Nevada case, Seleznev acknowledged his connection with the credit card fraud ring “Carder.su,” which authorities have said trafficked stolen identities and cost victims more than $50 million. He also admitted to acting as a “casher” to defraud an Atlanta-based company that processed credit and debit card transactions, according to the Justice Department.

Hackers stole 45.5 million debit card numbers and withdrew more than $9.4 million from 2,100 ATMs in 280 cities around the world in less than 12 hours, authorities said. For his role, Seleznev was convicted last year of 38 counts related to the theft and sale of credit card information.

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