With sentencing looming, convicted Russian hacker Seleznev retains new lawyer
MOSCOW, December 9 (RAPSI) – Roman Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker, who was convicted on U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to steal and sell credit card numbers, retained a new lawyer.
“I can confirm that I have been retained as Roman's new attorney,” Igor Litvak told RAPSI by email.
“Although Roman has been convicted it does not mean he has to stop fighting. I completely disagree with the jury's verdict and only after a brief review of the case believe there is a strong basis for appeal,” Litvak said.
Seleznev was found guilty in August by a federal jury on 38 of 40 counts, including wire fraud, possession of unauthorized access devices and intentional damage to a protected computer.
Seleznev was arrested in the Maldives in 2014 and taken to the U.S. territory of Guam. Later he was transferred to Seattle and put in jail.
Russia's foreign ministry said that Seleznev was "kidnapped" as he attempted to board a plane in the Maldives.
U.S. prosecutors claim that between October 2009 and October 2013 Seleznev hacked into retail point of sale systems and installed malicious software to steal credit card numbers from various businesses. He allegedly created and operated the infrastructure to facilitate the theft and sale of credit card data, used servers located all over the world to facilitate his operation, and sold stolen credit card data on the internet. In total, Seleznev stole and sold more than 2.9 million credit card numbers, according to prosecutors.
After having been brought to Seattle, Seleznev changed a number of defense lawyers. He retained attorneys from such law firms as Fox Rothschild LLP, Garvey Schubert Barer, Corr Cronin Michelson Baumgardner Fogg & Moore LLP, Calfo Eakes & Ostrovsky PLLC. Until recently, John Henry Browne represented Seleznev.
He was scheduled to be sentenced on December 2. However, his sentencing was postponed until February 10, 2017.