By Kim Zetter
April 14, 2010
If TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez had gone to trial instead of pleading out,
one man would have been the primary witness against him - accomplice
Damon Patrick Toey.
Toey, identified often in court documents simply as 'PT,' provided
information that investigators say likely helped persuade Gonzalez to
plead guilty last year to multiple crimes, which prosecutors are calling
the most serious and largest identity-theft crimes ever prosecuted.
Toey, 25, will on Thursday become the last of six U.S. defendants
sentenced for the crimes. The others include Gonzalez, Christopher
Scott, Humza Zaman, Jeremy Jethro and Stephen Watt. Other, unidentified
Eastern European hacking accomplices are presumed to be still at large.
Gonzalez received three concurrent sentences last month, amounting to 20
years in prison for his role in the hacks of TJX, Hannaford Brothers,
Heartland Payment Systems and others, which resulted in the theft of
more than 200 million credit- and debit-card numbers. After his arrest,
Gonzalez led investigators to a stash of more than $1 million in cash
buried in a barrel in his parents. backyard.
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