Russian hacking suspect ordered held until trial

SEATTLE — A man who is the son of a prominent Russian lawmaker and is accused of running a hacking scheme has been ordered detained until his trial.

Roman Seleznev appeared Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

He was arrested in the Maldives last month and transported to Washington state. Federal prosecutors argued that he should remain in custody because he has access to vast sums of money and has a big motive to flee.

Seleznev is the son of Russian lawmaker Valery Seleznev. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he hacked into computers that run point-of-sale terminals, stealing hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers and selling them online. Some of the charges are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the U.S. government of kidnapping him.

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