Man gets prison for hiring hacker to erase court fines

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Harrisburg man will serve at least two years in prison for recruiting a computer hacker to wipe out fines he owed to Lancaster County.

Zachary J. Landis, 27, was sentenced to 2-4 years in state prison after pleading guilty last week to felony counts of computer trespass, unlawful use of a computer, and tampering with public records, according to the district attorney’s office.

Landis posted an advertisement on Craigslist for a hacker who could erase records of more than $16,000 he owes for victim restitution, fines, and court costs.

Authorities saw the ad and a detective who posed as a hacker contacted Landis for the court docket numbers. The detective received three docket sheets from cases associated with Landis and found the ad was posted using his email address and phone number.

Authorities said Landis still owes more than $9,000 to a victim in a 2008 assault case. The other cases include two DUI convictions.

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