Case Number: 2:16-CR-00071-APG-PAL
Gareth David Long - sentenced to imprisonment on June 23, 2020
The indictment alleges that, in reality, Long simply debited the accounts of victims who had never visited his websites, never requested any service and never authorized any payment. Long obtained the personal and financial information of his victims from two sources. First, he allegedly purchased large spreadsheets, referred to as “lead lists,” each of which contained detailed personal and financial information of thousands of American consumers. Second, Long used the data stored in his payment processing system to debit more than a hundred thousand accounts that had previously been debited by Long’s prior merchants. When he ran out of unique accounts to charge, Long allegedly created and deposited hundreds of thousands of additional, repeat charges against accounts he had already charged.
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