David Ray Camez, 22, was convicted of racketeering with the use of the Internet in December 2013 by a Las Vegas jury. He faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act). Racketeering is defined as “one who obtains money by an illegal enterprise usually involving intimidation.” (Racketeer, n.d.). Under the RICO Act, members of organized crime organizations can be prosecuted even if they did not directly commit the crime. The prosecution argued that Camez was a member of the web forum “Carder.su” which is considered an organized crime group. The organizers of this group underwent all of the proper background and security checks in order to protect the web forum
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(ICE, 2013). The agent was able to reveal the members of the organization as well as the extent of damage caused by the trafficking of compromised credit card account information and counterfeit credit cards. They were also able to reveal other crimes such as money laundering, drug trafficking, and other types of computer crimes. The members of the group used the forum to share knowledge of fraud activities. There was another forum that was created in Russia where those who were in charge of the group resided. By 2011, the group had members of more than 5,500. Members of the group were responsible for different areas within the organization. For example, there were members responsible for dictating how the acts would be conducted, conducted quality control of the products, advertised and sold the products. The members were also required to undergo security measures to prevent the organization from being infiltrated by law enforcement or anyone else outside of the group. (ICE, 2013).
The U.S. Secret Service agent came into contact with Camez in 2008 when Camez purchased counterfeit Nevada and Arizona driver’s licenses. Investigators were able to get a search warrant for Camez’s home in Phoenix in 2010 and recovered counterfeit credit cards, identification, and counterfeit currency. The warrant also covered the contents of Camez’s computer which contained software that he used to encode credit cards and steal people’s identities.
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