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Computer hacker gets 20 years in Boston


BOSTON (WKOW) -- A computer hacker was sentenced to 20 years in prison in one of the largest cases of debit and credit card theft in U.S. history.

The federal judge sentenced Albert Gonzalez to serve concurrent sentences with a 20-year sentence he received Thursday in two other cases. That means the 28-year-old Miami man will not have to serve any more than 20 years.

The one-time federal informant pleaded guilty in all three cases last fall.

Friday's sentence involved the theft of card numbers from Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain, 7-Eleven, and Heartland.

Prosecutors said Gonzalez led a group of professional hackers and identity thieves that sold stolen numbers and withdrew other people's money from ATMs.

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