After judge appoints public defender, prosecutors say Russian man has plenty of stolen money

Associated Press

Federal prosecutors say a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses has plenty of money to pay for a lawyer.

U.S. District Judge Richard Jones signed an order Thursday saying Roman Seleznev's sworn financial statement shows he can't afford a lawyer, so he appointed a public defender.

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But prosecutors say they have evidence showing he made millions during his alleged computer hacking and credit-card stealing exploits. They say their investigation found two Seleznev bank accounts that received $17.8 million for selling the stolen credit card data. They also found photos on his computers showing stacks of cash and expensive cars.

They asked the judge to order Seleznev to repay the public defender's office for the costs of a court-appointed lawyer.