ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, who is charged with breaking into computer accounts of the Bush family and government officials has been brought to the United States to face criminal charges.
Forty-four-year-old Marcel Lazar of Arad, Romania, made an initial appearance Friday in federal court in Alexandria. He's been charged with wire fraud, cyberstalking, identity theft, and unauthorized access to computers. The charges carry prison terms ranging from five to 20 years.
Lazar is best known for alleged hacks into accounts held by the Bushes that revealed private family photos and paintings connected to former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
He was indicted in the U.S. in 2014 but Romanian officials agreed to temporarily release Lazar to U.S. authorities so he could be prosecuted.