The son of a Russian lawmaker was sentenced on Friday by a U.S. federal court to 27 years in prison after being convicted of hacking into U.S. small businesses and financial institutions, causing more than $169 million in damages.
Roman Seleznev was found guilty last year by a jury in Seattle on 38 counts in a scheme that prosecutors said involved hacking into point-of-sale computers to steal credit card numbers and sell them on the Internet.
Seleznev is the son of Valery Seleznev, a member of the Russian parliament, and Russia called his arrest in the Maldives in 2014 a “kidnapping.”
Seleznev, 32, was sentenced by Judge Richard A. Jones of the Western District of Washington. His conviction followed a decade-long investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Justice said in a press release.
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