Ninth Circuit Upholds 27-Year Sentence for Russian Hacker

Nathan Solis reports:

A Ninth Circuit panel upheld the 27-year prison sentence of a Russian computer hacker who was extradited to the United States while on vacation with his family in the Maldives to face charges he stole credit card numbers and millions of dollars.

Roman Seleznev claimed the U.S. government kidnapped him when he was finally arrested several years after some of his most lucrative heists. He also claimed his nearly three-decade sentence was an abuse of the court.

Seleznev, also known by his hacker handles “Ruben Samvelich” or “Track2”, caused more than $169 million in damages when he and a group of hackers stole credit card numbers and sold them on the dark web between 2009 and 2013.

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