This isn't the first time there have been legal charges surrounding the EA games' digital currency -- earlier this year some popular YouTube streamers got in trouble for violating the UK Gambling Act by creating online lotteries with FIFA Coins. Compared to this hacker group's efforts, however, that was almost nothing: According to the Justice Department, Clark and his team created software that tricked EA's servers into thinking their accounts had played thousands of FIFA Soccer matches in seconds, causing the game's normally small FIFA Coin payouts to be multiplied exponentially. Over time, the group sold these ill-gotten winnings on secondary coin markets for millions.
The feds closed in on Clark and the rest last year, seizing money, cars and a house, before things ended this week when a jury convicted Clark on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The rest of the group pleaded guilty earlier, and all four are currently awaiting sentencing. Check out the Justice Department's official statement for more details.