-- A Phoenix man convicted on conspiracy and racketeering charges for his involvement in a cybercrime organization was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Thursday.
David Camez, 22, was one of 55 individuals charged in the racketeering case involving Las Vegas-based and Russian-led Carder.su.
The government claims the organization used websites to facilitate transactions involving phony credit cards and stolen identification documents. To date, Camez is the only one to go to trial. Roughly 20 defendants have pleaded guilty in the criminal case with some being sentenced to two years in prison.
In addition to his prison sentence, Camez, was ordered to repay a portion of the restitution that totals around $51 million.
“Camez was a member of a vast criminal organization that facilitated rampant cyber fraud throughout the world,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General O’Neil. “This organization is the new face of organized crime – a highly structured cyber network operated like a business to commit fraud on a global scale."