Rap artist arrested for stealing thousands of credit card numbers

A rap artist is in jail after allegedly buying and using thousands of stolen credit card numbers that were hacked from Seattle area businesses.

The rapper, known as Guerilla Black, was arrested in Los Angeles Thursday on a 22 count indictment. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Charles Williamson, 33, bought more than 27,000 stolen credit and debit card numbers.

Williamson is accused of working with two other men who've already been indicted for hacking into computers at a restaurant in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood and a restaurant supply company in Shoreline.

Williamson told his partners he wanted freshly stolen numbers so they would be easier to use, since the customers would not yet know their information had been stolen, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"Today's arrest shows that criminals cannot hide in cyberspace. We will prosecute all parts of the criminal gang, regardless of where they may be," said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.

The total loss hasn't been completed yet, but close to $150,000 in fraud loss has been attributed to only 134 of the card numbers.

Here's a sample of Williamson's work:


KIRO Radio Staff, Staff report
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