Man Linked to $1.3B North Korean BTC Hacks Gets 11 Years in Prison

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Aaron Goldstein
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Ghaleb Alaumary is alleged to have helped North Korean hackers who made off with $1.3 billion targeting banks and digital currency firms, among other crimes.  And now he's looking at 11 years behind bars.


The 36-year-old Canadian was sentenced to 140 months in prison by the Southern District of Georgia, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.  He was also ordered to pay $30.7 million in restitution to the victims of his crimes.

Alaumary is accused of laundering money for the crime ring, an offense he pleaded guilty to. Authorities said he worked by recruiting others and providing them with bank accounts to withdraw cash and transfer it via wire transfers and digital currencies.

In other crimes, he impersonated a construction company and defrauded close to $10 million from a Canadian university and as a wealthy bank customer through which he stole hundreds of thousands from victims in Texas.

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- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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