The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - People close to the case against an accused computer hacker charged with stealing millions of credit and debit card numbers say he is in plea talks with the federal government.

Two people, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the plea talks, tell The Associated Press that Albert Gonzalez has been negotiating to plead guilty on two of the three cases against him.

Gonzalez, 28, is charged with swiping the details of more than 170 million accounts in what prosecutors call the largest identity fraud case in U.S. history. Papers could be filed in the cases as early as Friday.

Gonzalez was arrested in Miami in 2008. He had once been an informant for the U.S. Secret Service.