Wichita attorney Brad Pistotnik releases statement following cyberattack conviction

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH/AP) - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wichita attorney Brad Pistotnik is releasing a statement following his conviction on Tuesday for plotting a cyberattack against websites that criticized his work.

The attorney entered a guilty plea to three counts of accessory after the fact, which are all misdemeanors. His sentence was a fine of a total of $375,000.

Wednesday morning, he released the following statement:

The U.S. Government dismissed all ten felonies listed in the original indictment against lawyer Brad Pistotnik in exchange for pleas to three misdemeanor “accessory after the fact” charges. Mr. Pistotnik entered into a plea agreement whereby the government sought no prison time, no probation and Mr. Pistotnik would pay fines of $375,000.00 plus court costs and restitution. The U.S. District Court accepted the plea deal. Mr. Pistotnik has paid his fines and restitution, and he is now done with this chapter of his life. He looks forward to continuing to assist Kansans who have been injured in serious accidents.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wichita attorney Brad Pistotnik appeared in federal court Tuesday morning, pleading guilty to plotting a cyberattack against websites that criticized his work.

Pistotnik was charged with computer fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and making false statements to the FBI.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to three counts of accessory after the fact, which are all misdemeanors.

The attorney's sentence includes a total fine of $375,000, restitution of $55,200 and $300 to crime victims fund.

During the hearing, Pistotnik said he "made a mistake" and wanted to "take responsibility" for his role in the crime.

He will not have to serve probation.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

A Wichita lawyer accused of plotting a cyberattack on websites with information criticizing his work has told a federal court he intends to change his plea.

A docket notation Friday shows attorney Bradley Pistotnik has a change-of-plea hearing Tuesday.

The move comes two days after his co-defendant , VIRAL Artificial Intelligence co-founder David Dorsett, notified the court of his plea change. Dorsett's hearing is Oct. 21.

Both men pleaded not guilty last year to computer fraud and conspiracy. Pistotnik is also charged with making false statements to the FBI.

The indictment alleges they are responsible for cyberattacks on Leagle.com, Ripoffreport.com and JaburgWilk.com in 2014 and 2015. The indictment accuses Dorsett of filling website inboxes with threats. An email purportedly demanded that a webpage be removed or the hackers will target advertisers.

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