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Delaware hacker indicted in multimillion-dollar fraud scheme

His notoriety began seven years ago when he was arrested at a video game convention in Boston and accused of pirating $6 million in game code that was derived from a system used to train CIA agents for combat. May agreed to a Boston judge’s offer for pretrial probation in exchange for a dismissal of his case.

Last year evidence emerged that he was back on federal authorities' radar when police seized a $60,000 BMW Coupe and about $40,000 from his Brandywine Hundred residence. The FBI at the time declined to say why the assets had been seized.

The recent indictment against May states that the car was purchased through ill-gotten gains from the alleged fraud scheme.

That scheme began in April 2016 when May and other unnamed "co-schemers" obtained legitimate serial numbers to expensive Cisco computer hardware that they did not own, prosecutors say. The indictment does not state how they obtained those serial numbers. 

The group set up false online aliases to make it appear they worked for a legitimate company. They then submitted warranty claims for the equipment associated with the ill-gotten serial numbers, the indictment states. 

Their goal was to pose as legitimate owners of the computer components and present problems to Cisco engineers that they knew would require the company to replace the hardware through a warranty program. 

Through such misrepresentations, May and his conspirators were able to convince Cisco to ship approximately 169 pieces of computer hardware to replace technology they never owned. In all, May received some 155 pieces of computer hardware — valued at $2.3 million.  

He and his conspirators had submitted requests to replace some 266 pieces of equipment from Cisco, tot. It is unclear how the group's scheme was discovered. The indictment states that they agreed to return the equipment they had reported as broken, but never did.