Computer Hacker Faces up to 25 Years

Paul Lilly

The question isn't whether or not convicted computer hacker Albert Gonzalez will do any time, but how much time. Prosecutors in the case want Gonzalez to serve 25 years , while his lawyer will argue that he should do no more than 15.

Back in September, Gonzalez, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computer servers at a number of supermarket chains and corner convenience stores. Three months later, Gonzalez admitted to hacking into the computers at TJX Cos. BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, BostonMarket, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority, and the Dave & Buster's restaurant chain.

During his online crime spree, Gonzalez racked up monetary damages worth almost $200 million.

"The sheer extent of the human victimization caused by Gonzalez and his organization is unparalleled," Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann said in a sentencing memorandum.

For his illicit efforts, authorities say Gonzalez amassed $2.8 million in cash and assets, though as part of the plea deals, he was forced to forfeit more than $2.7 million, his Miami condo, a car, Rolex watches, and a Tiffany ring he gave to his girlfriend.

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