Brick Man Gets Probation for ID Theft

Tadas Petrauskas sentenced Monday in federal court

A Brick man was sentenced in federal court to five years probation on an identity theft conviction.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer, sitting in Pittsburgh, Pa., imposed the sentence Monday on Tadas Petrauskas, 23, of Birch Drive, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

According to court records, Petrauskas – known as "Dr. Smurf" on the Internet – sold the user names and passwords of 39 employees of a data hosting center with approximately 10,000 customers, enabling the purchaser to access the data hosting center's computer systems.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton credited the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the United States Postal Inspection Service, the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance, the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the United States Department of Justice, and Lithuanian authorities, for the investigation leading to Petrauskas' prosecution.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull handled the case on behalf of the government.

Slippery Slope January 16, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Chief Wahoo, check this out....LITTLE EGG HARBOR — A municipal employee, who is also the daughter of Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $40,000 from township taxpayers. Asbury park press Special treatment? Unbelievable.
Joseph Woolston Brick January 16, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Only five years of probation? What a joke. Identity theft is NO JOKE. It is one of the worst things to deal with and to straighten out. Hours and hours on the phone or letter writing, emailing. I know I helped a friend who has his stolen, trying to help him get it fixed, What a mess, took more than six months and he is still having problems even though this took place over four years ago. I hope none of you EVER have to go through Identity theft, it's a bitch.


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