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Man Charged With Stealing 44,000 Credit Card Numbers By Hacking Into Sales System

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File photo of credit cards. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of credit cards. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SEATLE  (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 21-year-old Dutch national coordinated the theft of about 44,000 credit card numbers worldwide, including some from the Boeing Employees Credit Union, by hacking into the sales system of businesses.

Following extradition from Romania, David Benjamin Schrooten is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Seattle on Monday.

U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan says the investigation began because a restaurant owner alerted Seattle police that customers at his establishment had seen suspicious charges.

Charging documents say the suspicious transactions were eventually linked to Schrooten’s ring. The documents say Schrooten ran websites selling stolen credit cards numbers in bulk.

Durkan says the 44,000 credit cards included in the indictment were part of just one transaction.

Another man, 21-year-old Christopher A. Schroebel of Maryland, also has been charged.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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