Albert Gonzalez, the Miami man who pleaded guilty in September to charges related to the 2007 data breach at TJX Cos. Inc., pleaded guilty last week to charges he breached the payment networks of Heartland Payment Systems Inc., Hannaford Bros. Co., 7-Eleven Inc. and two unnamed retailers. Gonzalez faces up to 30 years in prison for alleged wire-fraud conspiracy, an additional five years on another conspiracy charge and a $250,000 fine for each charge, the U.S. Department of Justice says (CardLine, 8/18). The U.S. District Court of New Jersey had been set to hear the claims against Gonzalez in the Heartland and Hannaford breach case. The court now plans to transfer the case to a Massachusetts court, records filed Monday show. Wired.com reports that Gonzalez wants to  merge this case with two others he is charged with there. For the other breaches at retailers TJX, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority, Dave & Buster's, OfficeMax, Boston Market and BJ's Wholesale Club (CardLine, 8/31), Gonzalez faces up to 25 years in prison in Massachusetts and 20 years in New York and forfeiture of more than $2.8 million, a fraction of what the losses his schemes are believed to have cost (CardLine, 9/14).

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