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Alleged Celeb Phone-Hacker

Ex-Con Past Revealed

History of Scam Artistry

10/12/2011 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Christopher Chaney
The man arrested for allegedly hacking into celebrity phones is a convicted con artist ... who was once busted by the feds for running a scheme to steal people's life insurance money ... TMZ has learned.

According to court records, obtained by TMZ ... Christopher Howard Chaney plead guilty to mail fraud in federal court in Florida back in 1998 ... for stealing money from Prudential life insurance policy holders in a diabolical plan he executed with a friend back in 1997.

Court docs reveal ... Chaney had a pal who worked for Prudential, and that guy would identify Prudential Life Insurance customers who had names similar to Chaney's.

Chaney would then fill out paperwork, posing as his victims ... and took money out of their policies ... thousands of dollars at a time.

Chaney -- who was a teenager when he was involved in the scam -- was convicted ... and sentenced to 48 months probation and ordered to return the money he stole. 

Now, Chaney is back in the criminal system -- accused of hacking 50 people, mostly famous people, and leaking VERY private information to the web ... including nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, Vanessa Hudgens and more.

If convicted in the hacking case, Chaney could face 121 years in federal prison.



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ski mask huh

1075 days ago


wow what a dummy he is

1075 days ago


This is why we need tougher immigration policies! This poor American boy was probably hired by illegal Mexican Cartels who wish to recruit identity thieves to expand their illegal trade and continue to invade our country with more gang bangers and steal jobs from Americans.

1075 days ago


First of all, why the heck is it a possibilty that this man will face up to 121 years in prison for hacking into celebrities phones .. yet people who murder, rape and are charged with child pornography get a 4 year sentence and probation? what is wrong with our society? who gives a flying f*ck if he hacked into their phones. 121 years. just reading that makes me mad.

1075 days ago


The guy in the ski-mask is without a doubt, none other than Rogue Warrior. I heard it from his mama.

1075 days ago


When will people get it!! Don't take nude pictures with your phone or email them. Don't you know everything you put out there stays there forever! Not condoning what this hacker did though.

1075 days ago

Jaegar Croft    

So let me get this straight ... the guy who went and got lame nude photos from people's cell phones is facing 121 years, BUT the guy who killed Michael Jackson is facing only 4 years ... that is seriously f'd up

1075 days ago

File that lawsuit, I am Lindsay Lohan!    

121 years? WTF?!?!?

1075 days ago


this guy is a hero. he provided a service to america. so they could see these hollywood starlets nude. he is smart. they should give him a job w/ NSA or FBI or something.
and obama needs to give him the medal of honor.

1075 days ago

hmmm! he looks really cold. supposedly he is from florida, but it looks like he did his hacking in Alaska.

1075 days ago


It's too bad he didn't release all the pictures he had before he got arrested. He hacked 50 celebrities and only released pictures of 3 of them. And he censored the Vanessa Hudgens pictures which really sucked.

1075 days ago


tmz obviously don't read comments. they have a "leave a tip" section, top right hand corner. I sent them my message to take down the michael jackson photo that way...of course they will read all tips. If you want Harvey and co. to take notice of your objection to the jackson autopsy photo being on display, bombard their "tip" line.

1075 days ago

Fat Mike    

He'll be back in again soon after they go through his computer and find all the other crap he's been up to. It was pretty obvious from the language he uses that he frequents 4chan, home of the basement dwelling creeps known as Anonymous.

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1075 days ago

Leader of the ignorant masses    

121 years? He would have done less time if he busted into their houses and took the pictures himself. If he was a celebrity i bet he would get probation though.

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