A California rap artist known as "Guerilla Black" pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a credit-card fraud scheme that targeted a Shoreline business.
Federal prosecutors say the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Charles Tony Williamson, came to possess more than 27,000 stolen credit card numbers between January 2011 and February 2012.
A little more than 100 of those numbers resulted in a financial loss of nearly $150,000, officials said. The total financial loss has not been calculated.
Prosecutors say hackers stole the credit card numbers from point-of-sale computers at two local businesses—a restaurant in Magnolia and a restaurant supply store in Shoreline—before selling them to Williamson.
While on release awaiting trial, Williamson produced fake credit cards with the stolen numbers. He was re-arrested in January 2013 and has remained in custody since then.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and unauthorized access to a protected computer to facilitate fraud, both of which carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as access device fraud (up to 15 years and $250,000 fine), bank fraud (up to 30 years and $1 million fine) and aggravated identity theft, which carries a minimum sentence of two years consecutive to any other prison terms resulting from the case.
David Benjamin Schrooten, 22, a Dutch hacker known as "Fortezza" was
sentenced to 12 years in prison earlier this year for his role in the scheme. Another co-conspirator, Christopher A. Schroebel, 21, of Keedysville, Md., was
sentenced to seven years in 2012.
Williamson's sentencing has been set for Oct. 10.
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