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New charges filed against Russian in hacking case

October 10, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Thursday added 11 new charges against a Russian man they say hacked into U.S. businesses to steal credit-card information that was later sold on the Internet.

The new 40-count indictment filed on Thursday paints Roman Seleznev as a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit cards who earned millions of dollars in illicit profits from the enterprise. Prosecutors say the 30-year-old even created a website that offered tutorials to other hackers on how to use stolen credit cards to commit a crime.

The indictment adds additional wire fraud and hacking charges.

Seleznev pleaded not guilty to the earlier charges and will be arraigned on the latest charges next week.

His lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the new indictment. His trial is set for Nov. 3.

Seleznev also faces racketeering charges in Nevada. He has not made a court appearance there because he’s in custody in Seattle, the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office has said.

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