Cybercrime Sentence

Albert Gonzalez, Miami-based hacker and computer information thief, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Boston federal court after pleading guilty for his role in credit and debit card data thefts from TJX Companies and BJ’s Wholesale Club.  The sentence was halfway between the 25 years sought by prosecutors and the 15 recommended by Gonzalez’s lawyer.  Twenty years is, as my former convict clients used to call it, “a long bit,” but prosecutors claimed Gonzalez was responsible for $200 million in losses to companies, banks, and insurers.

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