MANHATTAN (CN) – A man was arrested and charged with conspiring to defraud people over the Internet by stealing their identities from the BetOnSports Web site, and using the information – including Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and security codes – to commit other forms of fraud.
Patrick Kalonji, a native of the Republic of the Congo who lives in Edmonton, Alberta, was arrested Sunday in Philadelphia, federal prosecutors said. He lived in Costa Rica, home base for BetOnSports.com, where he worked in its credit department. He is accused of stealing the information from at least 150 victims and sharing it with other members of a ring, and using it to make purchases over the Internet. He faces up to 30 years and a $1 million fine if convicted of bank fraud and wire fraud.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office, which announced the arrest, did not supply information on other members of the ring, with whom he allegedly communicated by email.