Romanian phisher faces 35 years after conviction

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A federal investigation launched seven years ago into a phishing campaign targeting customers of the People's United Bank in Connecticut has netted a 10th conviction, prosecutors said Tuesday. A jury found Bogdan Boceanu, 29, of Romania guilty of conspiracy charges relating to his involvement in a ring that also delivered bogus emails to the customers of a number of other financial institutions, including JP Morgan Chase, Comerica Bank, Wells Fargo, eBay and PayPal, with the goal of tricking them into giving up their personal information, such as credit card, bank account and Social Security numbers. Nineteen others have been charged in connection with the scam. Nine of them have been extradited to the United States, with all, except Boceanu, pleading guilty. He faces up to 35 years in prison.

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