Maryland Hacker Gets Seven Years for Credit Card Theft


Christopher Schroebel of Maryland recently received a seven-year jail sentence for his involvement in a credit card theft scheme in partnership with Dutch hacker David Benjamin Schrooten.

"The charge is that the two partnered in the theft of thousands of bank card details in and around Seattle," Infosecurity reports. "It came to light when customers of an Italian restaurant complained to the owner that unexpected charges were appearing on their bank accounts, and that they suspected that restaurant staff were stealing the card details. This turned out to be false. A subsequent police investigation led to Schroebel who they accused of planting spyware on the computers of at least two Seattle businesses. The spyware [collected] card details and forwarded them to a server in Kansas controlled by Schroebel."

"Schroebel was arrested last November possessing over 84,000 stolen or purchased credit card data stripes and made his first court appearance November 21, 2011," writes CyberCrime & Doing Time's Gary Warner. "At that time, he was sentenced to an inpatient substance abuse program, and was released from that program on December 26, 2011. He was picked up and arrested again on a local warrant, and ordered detained as a flight risk January 24, 2012. "

"Schroebel pleaded guilty to Bank Fraud, Obtaining Information from a Protected Computer, Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer, Access Device Fraud, and Aggravated Identity Theft in May 2012," according to the Covington-Maple Valley Reporter. "At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said, 'It’s significant how devastating these actions are on small businesses.'"