Notorious Russian hacker on vacation nabbed by US agents

Roman Seleznev and his Dodge Challenger SR in front of the Kremlin in Moscow. The photo was found on his mobile phone.


Roman Seleznev and his Dodge Challenger SR in front of the Kremlin in Moscow. The photo was found on his mobile phone.

Roman Seleznev, the 30-year-old son of a "prominent Russian lawmaker," has been on the U.S. Secret Service's radar for more than ten years. Wanted for trafficking in stolen credit cards, he was finally apprehended in the Maldives as he was about to board a plane back to Russia.

He's currently awaiting trial in a Seattle jail.

His allegedly illicit work was lucrative and financed fancy cars, apartments and exotic vacations. Photos retrieved from his mobile phone show him posing in front of the Kremlin with his bright yellow Dodge Challenger SRT muscle car and bundles of cash on the back seat of an SUV. According to federal prosecutors, two of his bank accounts received more than $18 million from illegal schemes.

Knowing that they could only capture Seleznev outside of Russia, Secret Service agents kept close tabs on his travels. A few years ago, for example, they determined that he liked to frequent Bali, Indonesia, where he owned two luxury apartments costing nearly $800,000.