News from Russia: US jury convicts son of Russian lawmaker for massive online theft scheme - RFE/RL

13:20 Aug. 26, 2016

US jury convicts son of Russian lawmaker for massive online theft scheme - RFE/RL

January 26: In this photo Illustration hands typing on a computer keyboard on January 26, 2016 in Berlin, Germany (Getty Images)

He is the son of Valery Seleznev, an outspoken member of Russia's lower house of parliament and outspoken critic of U.S. policies

A U.S. jury has convicted a Russian man on charges related to a massive computer hack into American businesses to steal credit-card information.

The jury in Seattle federal court found Roman Seleznev guilty on 38 charges on August 25, including hacking and wire fraud.

He faces up to 34 years in prison.

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Federal prosecutors accused Seleznev of making millions by hacking into businesses and restaurants and selling credit card and other data on underground Internet forums.

Defense lawyers argued that prosecutors failed to make a solid link between the hacks and Seleznev, and they challenged the evidence taken from his laptop computer. Full story

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