Rap artist sentenced to 9 years for credit card hacking scheme

Rap artist sentenced to 9 years for credit card hacking scheme
Charles Tony Williamson
SEATTLE -- A California-based rap artist was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison for buying and using thousands of credit card numbers stolen from two Seattle businesses.

Charles Tony Williamson, who performs as Guerilla Black, was on the user end of a fraud involving credit card hacks at businesses in Seattle and Shoreline, according to US Attorney Jenny Durkan.

The 36-year-old Torrance, California native bought credit card numbers in bulk from a hacker based in Maryland and from various other websites, Durkan said in a Friday news release.

Prosecutors say between January 2011 and February 2012, Williamson bought more than 27,000 stolen credit card numbers. He and his cohorts allegedly used the numbers in California and Nevada.

At sentencing, District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said the "impact of the crime is tremendous."

Williamson was sentenced to 110 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

Williamson is best known for his 2005 song, "You're the One," which spent 11 weeks on Billboard's "Hot 100."