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Russian Citizen Seleznev Sentenced to 14 Years in US Prison

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The Justice Department said that the alleged Russian hacker Roman Seleznev would be allowed to serve his time concurrently with a previous jail sentence.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Russian citizen Roman Seleznev has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for participating in a $50-million cyberfraud ring, the US Department of Justice said in a statement on Thursday.

"A Russian cyber-criminal was sentenced today to 14 years in prison for his role in a $50-million cyberfraud ring and for defrauding banks of $9 million through a hacking scheme," the statement said.

The Justice Department added that Seleznev would be allowed to serve his time concurrently with a previous 27-year jail sentence.

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Seleznev was convicted in August 2016 of 38 counts of hacking crimes. He was accused of defrauding small business and financial institutions in the United States of more than $169 million. In April, Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison on those charges.

The Justice Department announced earlier that Seleznev has pled guilty to cashing out more than $2 million with five hacked debit card numbers in 2008. The lawyer representing convicted Russian citizen said that defense team planned to pen a letter to US President Donald Trump asking that Seleznev be given the opportunity to serve his sentence in Russia.

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