The leader of a cybercrime ring that produced counterfeit credit cards and then used them to buy $1 million worth of iPads, iPhones and MacBooks from Apple Stores in the US, has been sentenced to between four and a half to nine years in jail.
Shaheed Bilal, 29, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree. According to Reuters, if he had been convicted at trial he could have faced 15 years in prison.
Bilal was aided by members of his family who helped to recruit shoppers. Bilal’s brothers Ali and Rahim have been sentenced on one to three years, and two to six years, respectively. In total 16 people have been convicted in the case, and charges are still pending against seven others.