Judge orders Russian man in hacking case to disclose assets


SEATTLE (AP) — A Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses to steal thousands of credit card numbers has two weeks to provide a list of his assets to a federal judge, who will then decide if he has to pay for his federal public defender.

Roman Seleznev faces a 40-count indictment that charges him with running a hacking scheme from 2008 until his arrest in July. Federal prosecutors called him “a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers” and they said he collected millions of dollars selling that data to his co-conspirators.

Seleznev has been represented by several law firms since his arrest. But he fired his newest attorneys in January and submitted a financial affidavit saying he qualified for public defense.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jones appointed the federal public defenders’ office to represent him, but prosecutors quickly filed a motion challenging that plan, arguing…

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