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Old Dec 29th, 2009, 05:00 PM   #1
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Reuters - A 28-year-old college dropout pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that he stole tens of millions of payment card numbers by breaking into corporate computer systems.

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The 28-year-old college dropout pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that he stole more than 170 million payment card numbers by breaking into corporate computer systems from businesses including Target. Gonzalez, under the plea agreement, faces 17 years to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in March.

Gonzalez made the formal plea in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts in Boston on Tuesday, reiterating the terms of an agreement he had signed with prosecutors. "You face a considerable amount of time in jail as a result of your plea," Judge Woodlock told Gonzalez. "All aspects of your life are to be affected."

At the same courthouse last week, one of Gonzalez's conspirators, Stephen Watt of New York, was sentenced to two years in prison for developing the software used to capture payment card data. He was also ordered to pay $171.5 million in restitution.

The cases are: U.S. v Albert Gonzalez in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts No. 10223 and No. 10382.
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