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BBC Wales's Rhidian Thomas reports
"Raphael Gray faces 10 charges under the Computer Misue Act 1990"
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Thursday, 1 June, 2000, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
Teenager in court on hacking charges
Raphael Gray
Raphael Gray appeared before magistrates
A teenager charged with computer hacking offences has appeared before magistrates in west Wales.

Raphael Gray, 18, from Clunderwen, faces 10 charges under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (section 2) of downloading unauthorized information.

Mr Gray is also charged on two counts of deception under the Theft Act of obtaining computer equipment worth 1,399 and obtaining items from Debenhams to the value of 400.

After stating his name and address, solicitor Michael Reed applied for an adjournment.

His unconditional bail was extended until the 15 June, when he will appear again at Carmarthen Magistrates.

In March, Mr Gray was arrested in Wales with another teenager after an FBI investigation into an alleged $3m internet credit card fraud incident have been bailed.

Dyfed-Powys Police had earlier confirmed the two men were questioned over allegations of the theft of credit card information.

It is understood that agents from the FBI travelled to Britain as part of the international investigation.

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