L.A. man sentenced to federal prison in phishing and pot-growing cases
A Los Angeles man was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for helping lead an international "phishing" ring and overseeing a marijuana-growing operation that was showcased on YouTube, authorities said Monday.
Kenneth Joseph Lucas II, 27, was sentenced Monday in the case involving the growing operation at his Baldwin Hills home, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said.
Lucas posted videos on YouTube featuring en elaborate system that included fans, indoor lights and ventilation equipment, according to federal prosecutors. Authorities found 100 plants at the home in October 2009.
The hackers stole bank account and other personal information from victims in California, Nevada, North Carolina, Maryland and Egypt, federal authorities said.
Victims were sent official-looking emails that asked them to enter information on bogus websites, which allowed hackers to access bank accounts and steal money. The victims' total financial loss was more than $1 million, federal officials said.
— Robert J. Lopez