SEATTLE — A federal judge will not make a Russian man accused of hacking U.S. businesses pay for his court-appointed attorneys.
Federal prosecutors had asked the judge to make Roman Seleznev pay for his defense. They argued that he lived a lavish lifestyle before his arrest in the Maldives in July and made millions stealing credit card numbers from U.S. businesses and restaurants.
But Seleznev lawyers told the judge that he no longer has access to those funds or the ability to liquidate any assets.
U.S. District Judge Richard Jones agreed. Jones said in his Thursday ruling that Seleznev may have lived a life of luxury prior to his arrest but the judge found no evidence that Seleznev has access to that enormous wealth.