Miami Man Sentenced for Selling Credit Card Numbers Online

A Miami man who had more than 26,000 credit card numbers stored on his computer when federal agents searched his house was sentenced Wednesday to 121 months in prison for buying stolen credit card information and selling it online, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Judge K. Michael Moore of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida also ordered Juan Javier Cardenas, 45, to pay restitution of US$106,915 and a fine of $350,000, the DOJ said.

During a plea hearing on Sept. 1, Cardenas admitted that he purchased stolen credit card information through the Internet between February 2008 and May 2009, the DOJ said. U.S. Secret Service agents searched his house in May 2009 and found credit card numbers on his computer.

Between March and May 2009, Cardenas e-mailed more than 1,500 credit card numbers to five co-conspirators, according to a June indictment. Those co-conspirators used the compromised credit card numbers to make fraudulent purchases, Cardenas told the court.

The indictment did not detail how Cardenas obtained the credit card numbers over the Internet.

Cardenas, known as Maceo, pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to traffic in and possess unauthorized credit card numbers with intent to defraud, and one count of trafficking in unauthorized credit card numbers, the DOJ said.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is grant_gross@idg.com.

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