Local resident Hilmi Git was accused on Monday by the cybercrime division of the State Attorney’s office of Hebron, Israel in relation to apparently using more than 800 Israeli credit cards to conduct 20,000 scam transactions and laundering the money with the use of bitcoin.
Filed at the Tel Aviv district courts, the accusation claims that the supposed transaction carried out by Git made an estimated $280,000 and that he laundered more than $8 million with a period of ten years. The $8 million dollars kept in the form of bitcoin, and that the state has in custody about 1,071 bitcoin.
Git’s supposed activity took ten years and various forums and websites which the State Prosecutor says he created to launder money, enable credit card scam via a wide network of criminals, direct others to discretely access computers to steal funds and deceive unsuspecting visitors on his sites.
In one of the operations, he actually acted to sell cheap phones but would block users from the website after getting payment and stop contacting them. Later on, he will use the user’s profile and post messages in their name seeming to confirm, receipt of their goods, drawing the attention of more victims.
A much serious case was the credit card scam operation through which Git supposedly offered free and premium memberships to clients purchasing access to credit cards from Git to carry out fraud. According to reports, he released guides on his site directing users how to hack and rob people online including offering tools making it possible for them to do so. Reports state that Git’s accusation has a quote from him stating:
“We are thieves. Anywhere we can make money, we’ll take it, whether it’s from Israel, the US, or even the moon.”
The state will continue to file charges against Git to keep in custody so he will not once again have control of his online crime empire, saying that internet access will “enable him to continue carrying out the criminal enterprise he established over the past decade,” noting Git will “not hesitate to commit fraudulent offenses against innocent victims.”