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1 sentenced for 'phishing'

Associated Press / March 31, 2009
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - A Romanian citizen was sentenced to more than four years in prison yesterday as the first foreign defendant convicted in a global crime ring that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from Internet users.

Ovidiu-Ionut Nicola-Roman pleaded guilty last year for his role in the "phishing" scheme, which involved sending fraudulent e-mails that included links that directed recipients to fake websites where they were asked to input sensitive data. In all, 38 people have been charged in Connecticut and California, and more than half are Romanians.

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