401(K) 2012 In 2001, a group of 150 Russian-speaking hackers gathered at a restaurant in Odessa to found CarderPlanet. It ultimately became one of the world’s most notorious fraudulent credit card data websites, and it was shut down in 2004. On Thursday, one of the site’s founders, Roman Vega (aka “Boa”), was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a United States federal judge. Vega’s case has been going on for quite some time.

The Ukrainian credit card fraudster was arrested, prosecuted, and convicted in Cyprus in 2003.

Then, he was brought to the United States in 2004 to face federal charges in California, to which he pleaded guilty. By 2007, Vega faced fresh charges in New York. By early 2009, Vega pleaded guilty to those charges, but then he attempted to withdraw his plea in 2011. Various motions were filed, but by May 2012, the judge denied his request and his plea stood.     

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