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An alleged computer hacker implicated in the theft of millions of dollars from US banks accounts has been arrested in Bangkok, Thailand. Hamza Bendelladj, 24, is accused of raiding private accounts held with 217 banks and financial companies worldwide in order to fund a lavish lifestyle. His alleged exploits reportedly propelled …

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Ah, memories

He'll have many, many years to enjoy reminiscing about his jet-set lifestyle while in the pokey.

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Devil

and probably kept enough away in multiple accounts across the world to keep him going once he's out of jail

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Meh

Yes, when he gets out in 40 years or so ...

..with compound interest he could buy his own country.

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raiding private accounts held with 217 banks

US judges like to hand out consecutive jail sentences so if he only gets 4 months for each of the 217 banks he will still spend 72 years in jail. That will make him 96 when he gets out. There isn't that much a 96 old can spend their money on (I look after one). They mostly sleep.

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If what you said were true

it would be a good thing, but reality is the opposite.

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Nail biter!

I don't like people who bite their nails.

P.

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Re: Nail biter!

You'd rather they bit other peoples?

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Holmes

Question:

If the United States has very little trouble tracking and arresting people who electronically steal money from banks, then why has not a single banker involved in causing the massive recession brought on by stealing money from people been arrested?

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Re: Question:

Well, if you own the government...

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WTF?

@: Question: Heard the latest

The board of the Bank of America, rescued from bankruptcy by US Government, is meeting to consider suing said rescuer, as their former fearless leader is doing.

Mpral of the story: Let them go bankrupt!

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Presumably...

...the grin comes from knowing that, since he wasn't a violent offender, he may be able to wangle a stay in an American minimum-security "Club Fed": instead of a Thai or Algerian prison?

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FAIL

Another reason to avoid Thailand ...

All flight itineraries (passenger lists), regional and inter-continental, are copied to the USA. Part of the U.S. World Plod program, I guess.

Careful planning, using less popular airlines (and NOT international reservation systems such as Sabre or Galileo) can get you around the place.

Nick Leason, the world-famed banker discovered why not to use connecting flights, as did CHOY, Hon-Tim. Paying cash helps, too, as the FBI has the ability to get credit card activity posted live in any of it's offices.

And when planning your air jaunts, know the difference between connecting, code-share, direct and non-stop.

Singapore is another FBI honey-pot to be avoided.

Knowing the reputations of intermediate prison systems helps, too. Thailand's is notoriously bad.

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As ye sow...

They can run, but they can't hide forever. What goes around eventually comes around. Now it's time to be held accountable.

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