Court Rejects Request to Consolidate TJX Hacker Cases

Court Rejects Request to Consolidate TJX Hacker Cases
Court Rejects Request to Consolidate TJX Hacker Cases 

By Kim Zetter
Threat Level
December 10, 2009 

A federal judge in Massachusetts has rejected a request from U.S. 
attorneys to consolidate a New Jersey case against Albert Gonzalez, who 
has admitted hacking more than 120 million credit card numbers from 
Heartland Payment Systems, with two other cases against him in 

Gonzalez, a former Secret Service informant known by the online nicks 
"segvec" and "Cumbajohnny," was charged in New Jersey in August with 
stealing more than 130 million debit and credit cards. The feds say 
Gonzalez, along with two unnamed Russian hackers, stole the card from 
New Jersey-based card processor, Heartland Payment Systems, and networks 
for Hannaford Brothers, 7-Eleven and two other unnamed national 

Gonzalez and 10 others were also charged in May 2008 in New York and in 
August 2008 in Massachusetts with network intrusions into TJX, 
OfficeMax, the Dave & Busters restaurant chain and other companies. 
Gonzalez pleaded guilty to these charges in August and was scheduled to 
be sentenced in Massachusetts on Dec. 21 in both cases. He is expected 
to get a sentence of between 15 to 25 years in those cases.

On Monday, Gonzalez's New Jersey attorney filed a document with the 
court indicating that his client had agreed to plead guilty to the 
charges in that state as well. Federal prosecutors requested the New 
Jersey case be moved to Massachusetts to be consolidated with the two 
other cases against Gonzalez.


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