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Man jailed for credit card fraud

February 24, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A 28-year-old Bulgarian man, nicknamed the Hacker, was jailed for 4 1/2 years for draining more than $1 million from bank cards, mostly owned by U.S. citizens.

Issa Mehmed also was ordered to pay back the stolen funds and pay a fine. Mehmed pleaded guilty in the city of Varna to charges of founding an organized crime group for money laundering, financial fraud and extortion. The District Court said the crimes were committed from June 2003 until January 2008, when he and his gang were arrested.

Four gang members had received varying sentences, the worst being 1 1/2 years and a fine.

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