- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A call-for-hackers that a Pennsylvania man posted on Craigslist has earned him at least two years behind bars.

Officials in Lancaster County announced Monday that Zachary J. Landis of Harrisburg will spend two to four years in prison after pleading guilty last week to counts of computer trespass, unlawful use of a computer and tampering with public records, all felonies.

Authorities began investigating Landis in March after an ad appeared on Craigslist in which a poster asked if anyone could “hack into the clerk of courts system” and remove thousands of dollars in restitution and other penalties he owed as a result of past DUI- and assault-related convictions.

The advert was soon spotted by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, however, and a detective posing as a potentially interested hacker issued an email in response.

Unaware he was communicating with law enforcement, the author of the post supplied the hacker with a copy of his criminal docket sheet and asked if he could erase some of the fines to prove his skills. Coupled with other evidence obtained during the course of their investigation, detectives identified Landis as the author of the ad and arrested him in April.

Landis originally faced up to seven years in prison, but has agreed to serve two to four years, according to a plea deal announced by prosecutors this week, a local Fox News affiliate reported. Additionally, he still owes the $16,000 in fines he unsuccessfully tried to have erased from the local court’s computer system.

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