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Day Trader Indicted for Hacking, Securities Fraud

A day trader has been indicted on four counts for his alleged role in a scheme that involved hacking into online brokerage accounts and using them to make fraudulent transactions.

Joseph Willner, 42, of Ambler, Pennsylvania, has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and computer intrusions, securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Charges were first brought against Willner late last month by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which claimed the man made at least $700,000 through unauthorized trades involving more than 100 hacked brokerage accounts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Fraud Section announced bringing charges against Willner this week.

According to authorities, between September 2014 and May 2017, the suspect and other unnamed individuals hacked into online brokerage accounts and used that access...(continued)

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