22 Year Old Man Found Guilty of Racketeering in Online ID Theft Scam

By - December 12, 2013
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RacketeeringA 22 year old man from Phoenix was convicted last week of federal racketeering and conspiracy charges for what he did for an online criminal enterprise called Carder.su.

According to the US Attorney for Nevada, it is hard for people to fathom the complexity and size of the racketeering organization at the heart of the Carder.su organization and how it reaches across the world. The Internet gives these sophisticated criminals great access to the US and its people, and they have great ability to hurt us.

The judge on the case will sentence the man on April 10.

His attorney, Chris Rasmussen, stated that the verdict was not a surprise to his client, David Camez. But he always stressed that even if he was guilty, he was not responsible for $50 million in losses around the world as the prosecution alleges.

Prosecutors for the federal government say that this case is the first time racketeering laws have been utilized against a cybercrime group. They say that the syndicate, based in Russia, has caused in excess of $50 million in financial losses throughout the world through a huge ID theft scheme.

Camez is one of the 55 defendants who have been facing charges in connection with Carder.su, but he was the first to go on trial.

Eight have pleaded guilty, and others are awaiting trial in Feb. The leaders of the group are still at large.

A Department of Homeland Security official on the case said that the actions of the hackers and ID thieves have done great harm to innocent Americans and have compromised the financial system.

DOJ attorney Jonathan Ophardt said that Camez was a major participant in the enterprise. He also said that Camez was not the mastermind of the group in the US, but it does not matter. If you work for that group, you are guilty of crimes.

Camez is serving seven years in Arizona for related crimes.

His attorney said that the case is an experiment by the prosecution to try to establish that a website is a racketeering group.

Rasmussen stated during the trial that the feds spent four years investigating his client with an undercover agent, but they did not find evidence that he had anything to do with the site.

Camez was charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also called RICO. But Camez would not admit that he worked in a racketeering group.

During a search of his home in Phoenix, however, agents found fake credit cards, equipment used to make such cards, fake US currency and fake IDs.