The teenager admitted charges of money laundering and fraud committed in April 2020, but he's avoided jail time because of his age.
As lockdown restrictions were imposed in the U.K., the teenager launched a fraudulent copy of Love2Shop, a gift voucher platform, according to Spalding Today.
He then used Google Advertising to increase the website’s visibility, prompting unsuspecting consumers to visit his page instead.
From here, many victims entered their email addresses and passwords — enabling thefts to take place.
What Happens Next?
A court heard that the teenager is currently studying for exams, and that he had admitted charges of money laundering and fraud committed in April 2020.
Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight told him:
“You have a long-standing interest in computers. Unfortunately, you used your skills to commit a sophisticated fraud.”