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Miami Man Pleads Guilty to Hacking into More than 80 Bank of America Customer Accounts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Filed Office, and Henry Gutierrez, Postal Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPS), Miami Division, announced that Nadler Richard, 29, pled guilty to one count of use of unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(2), and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A.

According to the plea agreement and factual proffer filed with the court, from about April 2009 through September 2009, the defendant engaged in a scheme to steal funds from customers’ Bank of America accounts. The defendant would obtain access to Bank of America customers’ bank accounts by contacting Bank of America customer service and presenting the customers’ personal identifying information. The defendant would then send money from the Bank of America customers’ account via wire transfer to an account created at another institution in the name of the same or another victim. The defendant would then have debit cards sent from these institutions to his house, abandoned houses, or houses of his associates. The defendant would then withdraw money from these accounts using these debit cards at ATMs and other retail stores.

In total, the defendant was involved in the hacking of 84 customer accounts at Bank of America and was responsible for a fraud loss at Bank of America, and elsewhere, approximately $60,000.

Sentencing has been scheduled for June 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm before United States District Judge K. Michael Moore. At sentencing, the defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of ten years in prison for the violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(2), and a mandatory two-year sentence on the aggravated identity theft charge, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and the Postal Inspection Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael N. Berger.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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