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Rapper Guerilla Black, a.k.a Charles Tony Williamson, has been arrested on suspicion of buying stolen credit card data from hackers David Benjamin Schrooten, 22, and Christopher A. Schroebel, 21, both of whom were previously arrested.
"Prosecutors contend the young men stole and sold the credit card information, which Williamson put to use within hours of the thefts," writes SeattlePI.com's Levi Pulkkinen. "Prosecutors claim Williamson received at least 27,257 stolen credit card numbers and stole at least $150,000. Williamson is alleged to have emailed instructions to Schroebel and Schrooten, telling them that he wanted to purchase 'dumps' of stolen credit card numbers in lots of 100, 500 or more."
"For his crimes, the rapper has been charged with accessing a protected computer without authorization to further fraud, access device fraud, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to commit access device fraud and to commit bank fraud," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "He is also accused of conspiracy to access protected computers to further fraud."
"If found guilty, Williamson could face up 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on the charges linked to bank fraud; 10 years and a $250,000 fine on the access device fraud and damaging a protected computer charges; and five years and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charges," writes BankInfoSecurity's Tracy Kitten. "The aggravated ID theft charges carry a mandatory two-year prison term."
"Today’s arrest shows that criminals cannot hide in cyberspace," U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement. "We will prosecute all parts of the criminal gang -- regardless of where they may be. I commend the cyber investigators of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force for making sure that all the participants -- from the hackers to the end purchasers of stolen data -- are held accountable."