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Federal charges for alleged Kohl’s Cash hacker

WAUSAU (WISN) — A Wausau man is facing federal charges in a hacking spree that authorities say netted him hundreds thousands of dollars in Kohl’s Cash.

Advertised through Twitter, authorities say Richard Gordon sold users Kohl’s Cash coupon codes, turning a profit of nearly $100,000.

Kohl’s Cash is a coupon service the store gives out when people spend a certain amount.

According to a federal criminal complaint, a Twitter account by the name of @OfficialJigLord openly advertised selling the cash at a discounted price.

Many users took advantage of it and showed off the items they purchased with it.

Investigators tracked the account to Gordon, a military recruiter in Wausau.

The complaint said he hacked a database of Kohl’s Cash numbers, using different usernames and passwords.

Investigators say that many users who had legitimate Kohl’s Cash complained that they weren’t able to use their rewards.

In a statement, Kohl’s says they’re working with investigators, but also urged their customers to avoid using the same username and password for multiple sites.

According to their website, if Kohl’s Cash is lost or stolen, you may be able to recover it if you kept the receipt from the purchase that earned it.

If you think you were a victim, be sure to check your balance online.

Gordon is out of jail for now but will return to court on June 20th. He faces 45 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

Prosecutors are not yet saying if the people who purchased the numbers will also be charged.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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