By Kim Zetter
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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