The son of a Russian deputy in the USA was given 27 years in prison
The Seattle court sentenced Russian citizen Roman Seleznev, the son of State Duma deputy from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Valery Seleznev, to 27 years in prison for cyber fraud.
The prosecution demanded to sentence Roman Seleznev to 30 years in prison. It was noted that a particular gravity of the crimes may threaten the accused with life. Seleznev himself admits his guilt and declares that he "accepts responsibility for everything." He did not ask for a commutation of the sentence.
Roman Seleznev was detained 3 years ago in the Maldives. Then he was taken to the United States. The data of 1,7 million stolen credit card numbers were found on the computer of the Russian deputy's son. The estimated damage is $ 3,01 billion.The court brought charges at once under 5 criminal articles: cyber fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer, obtaining information from a protected computer, storing more than 15 unauthorized devices for accessing protected computer networks, theft of personal information under aggravating circumstances ... Seleznev was found guilty on almost all charges. The Russian side - the Foreign Ministry and the father of the cybercriminal, the State Duma deputy - accuse the United States of violating international law and kidnapping a Russian.
Roman Seleznev wrote to the court the story of his life, in which he completely takes the blame for the crimes. The guy was born in 1984, his parents divorced as a child, and Roman stayed with his mother. From his youthful years he was fond of computer technology. When Roman was 17, his mother died of alcoholic intoxication, then his uncle kicked him out of the house. Roman found work in a computer club, where he also lived. According to him, Seleznyov became a hacker because he did not have enough money that was paid in a computer club. Roman stole and sold credit card numbers to make his living. “I got greedy and lost control,” Seleznev says. Roman got married and after the birth of his daughter for several years did not engage in theft of bank card data. In 2010, he took up cyber fraud again.
Soon the Seleznyovs were invited to Morocco. A suicide bomber was blown up in the restaurant where Seleznev had dinner with his wife. Roman suffered a serious head injury and fell into a coma, after which his wife left him. After 2 weeks Seleznev came out of a coma. Later, he filed an official divorce from his wife, who flew with her daughter to the United States. A year later, Roman again took up the old - theft of credit card data. This continued until he was arrested by US agents. “I've made a lot of wrong decisions in my life and I accept responsibility for that. I don't blame anyone but myself, and I'm ready to answer for my crimes like a man. […] Understand, I was a desperate child who grew into a desperate adult, ”writes Seleznev.
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