Monday, June 3, 2019

9-year sentence for selling encrypted phones to cartels, Hells Angels

Vincent Ramos, 41, has been sentenced to 9 years in jail and ordered to forfeit $ 80m. He sold encrypted Blackberry smartphones to criminals worldwide that enabled them to sell drugs and plan crimes while avoiding the prying eyes of law enforcement. 'Phantom Secure' catered to organized criminals around the world.
Ramos pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy. Ramos boasted about his wares after a 2014 news report that said use of his encrypted devices by a suspect in a high-profile murder had hampered the police investigation. At least 7,000 of the phones were sold.

It was the first U.S. conviction involving someone who provided encryption technology to crime groups. Four of Ramos' co-defendants remain at large.
See ----->Vincent Ramos pleads Guilty in 'Phantom Secure'