IT role change results in deleted files and jail time for one man per the Register

By Thomas Claburn in San Francisco 9 Jul 2019 at 20:22

A former IT administrator has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for accessing his employer’s computers without authorization and deleting company files.

The US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California today saidNikishna Polequaptewa, 37, of Avondale, Arizona, has been sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $53,305 to his former employer, Arizona-based Blue Stone Strategy Group.

In 2014, Polequaptewa, then based in Irvine, California, began working as a senior strategist handling information technology and marketing for Blue Stone, which provides services to Native American tribal communities.

According to the federal indictment [PDF], Blue Stone stored its work-related data on an in-office Mac Pro computer and an in-office Synology server in Irvine, and on cloud services run by Google, Bluehost, MailChimp, and Cox Communications.

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