A Romanian citizen who was found guilty of trafficking stolen credit card account numbers did not receive the lenient sentence his attorneys requested from District Court Judge Todd Campbell.
Florin Muresan, a 28-year-old computer hacker, was sentenced on Monday to serve 37 months in prison, following his extradition from England to face the charges. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Nashville on May 3, 2009, and was arrested on June 3, 2009, by British authorities when he arrived in England to meet with an undercover U.S. Secret Service Agent.
Secret Service agents first learned of Muresan’s activities when they saw an Internet posting advertising his business of buying and selling stolen credit card account information.
Muresan offered to sell undercover agents stolen credit card account numbers and after agreeing on a price, Muresan emailed more than 1,000 stolen account numbers, expiration dates and associated PIN numbers, to agents located in Nashville.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted the extradition.