On stage, rapper Charles Tony Williamson goes by the name Guerilla Black. Off stage, he sometimes buys stolen credit card numbers in bulk. Or, at least that's what the United States Attorney's Office contends. Thursday Williamson was arrested on a 22-count indictment at his Los Angeles home.
According to a statement issued by the US Attorney's Office, the stolen credit and debit card numbers came from computer hacks of two Seattle area businesses -- a restaurant in Magnolia and a restaurant supply company in Shoreline.
In a story some Daily Weekly readers may remember, Williamson is accused of buying the jacked numbers from 22-year-old David Benjamin Schrooten, and 21-year-old Christopher A. Schroebel. Both have already been indicted and arrested for hacking into and selling the credit card information.
"Today's arrest shows that criminals cannot hide in cyberspace. We will prosecute all parts of the criminal gang - regardless of where they may be," proclaimed U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan via press release. "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."
In case you were wondering what constitutes "in bulk," when it comes to stolen credit card numbers, the US Attorney's Office says between January 11, 2011 and February 26, 2012, Williamson received and possessed at least 27,257 stolen credit card numbers, and that close to $150,000 in fraud loss has been attributed to just 134 of those stolen numbers.
Williamson's impressive tally of charges is as follows: conspiracy to access protected computers to further fraud, to commit access device fraud and to commit bank fraud; two counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization to further fraud; six counts of access device fraud; eight counts of bank fraud; and five counts of aggravated identity theft.
According to the US Attorney's Office release, Williamson was scheduled to make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles yesterday.
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