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Man Known On Internet As "Dr. Smurf" Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Brick, N.J., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of identity theft, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Tadas Petrauskas, 23, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about July 16, 2008, Petrauskas, known on the Internet as "Dr. Smurf," sold the user names and passwords of 39 employees of a data hosting center with approximately 10,000 customers, enabling the purchaser to access the data hosting center's computer systems.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for Oct. 30, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the United States Postal Inspection Service, the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance, the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the United States Department of Justice, and Lithuanian authorities conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Tadas Petrauskas.

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