Florida teenager was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday for his role in hacking the Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and tech moguls and scamming people around the world into more than $ 100,000 in Bitcoin .
Graham Ivan Clark, 18, has pleaded guilty to several fraud charges under a deal with Hillsborough County prosecutors, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Clark was the mastermind behind the ploy to take over prominent Twitter accounts and send out tweets in search of Bitcoin payments, prosecutors said. In the high-profile July 15 security breach, tweets were sent from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos , Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Celebrities Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, have also been targeted.
Prosecutors said Clark was tried in state court instead of federal court because he was 17 at the time of the crimes, and state law allowed more flexibility in trying a minor as an adult in a financial fraud case.
Two other men have also been charged in this case. Mason Sheppard of the UK and Nima Fazeli of Orlando were charged separately in federal court.