It’s been a while since Guerilla Black’s name has been mentioned in the rap world, and this certainly wasn’t the manner in which he wanted to mark that return to headlines i’m sure/
Black ,real name Charles Tony Williamson, was arrested at home in L.A this week for allegedly purchasing and using stolen credit and debit card numbers that were obtained through computer hacks of two Seattle area businesses according to the Seattle Police Department.
Two co-conspirators, David Benjamin Schrooten, 22, of the Netherlands, and Christopher A. Schroebel, 21, of Keedysville, Maryland have already been indicted and arrested for hacking into and selling the credit card information from the Seattle businesses. The investigation revealed that within hours of customers using their credit cards in Seattle, the card numbers were fraudulently used by Williamson and his co-horts in California and Nevada.
According to the indictment, between January 11, 2011 and February 26, 2012, WILLIAMSON received and possessed at least 27,257 stolen credit card numbers, including cards issued by American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Loss figures are as yet incomplete, but close to $150,000 in fraud loss has been attributed to just 134 of the over 27,000 card numbers stolen.
The indictment alleges that WILLIAMSON communicated by email with two co-conspirators, telling them that he wanted to purchase “dumps” of stolen credit card numbers “in bulk,” that is lots of 100, 500 or more. Williamson indicated that he wanted“freshly” stolen numbers so they would be easier to use, since the customers would not yet know their information had been stolen.
The ”Compton” hitmaker is charged with: conspiracy to access protected computers to further fraud, to commit access device fraud and to commit bank fraud; two counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization to further fraud; six counts of access device fraud; eight counts of bank fraud; and five counts of aggravated identity theft.Source