A 26-year-old Georgia man pleaded guilty Thursday in an Alexandria courtroom to trafficking counterfeit credit cards and using them to buy $450 Louis Vuitton shoes and a luxury BMW SUV.
Rogelio Hackett Jr. of Lithonia, about 20 miles from Atlanta, admitted in U.S. District Court in Alexandria that he hacked into business computer networks, downloaded credit card databases and sold credit card information to buy gift cards and merchandise.
Federal authorities found more than 675,000 stolen credit card numbers and other information when they searched Hackett’s home. Credit card companies identified $36 million worth of fraudulent charges on the accounts, according to court documents.
In June 2009, Hackett sold counterfeit credit cards to undercover U.S. Secret Service agents in Virginia, the documents state.
Hackett began hacking computers on the Internet starting in the late 1990s, authorities said in court papers. His computer skills were noticed by others in chat rooms and he was recruited to begin hacking for profit.
He hacked into a company that allows consumers to pay for and order tickets online for libraries, museums, raceways and festivals. Hackett admitted he sold information for stolen credit card accounts to people in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.
Hackett pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and aggravated identity theft.
The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Hackett’s sentencing is scheduled for July 22. He could face a maximum of 10 years in prison.