Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Email theft results in conviction

Email theft? In North Carolina a woman has pleaded guity to stealing email from a former employer.

According to the Kannapolis Citizen:
Teresa Gamble Treadaway, 49, pleaded guilty in federal court in Greensboro to one count each of wire fraud, computer fraud and unlawful access to stored communication for commercial advantage.

Treadaway faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, and a federal judge can order her to make restitution to her former company ECOFLO.
After being fired, this woman continued to intercept emails to her old company even after she was hired by a competitor. Check out the rest of the article here.

1 comment:

Annie Boyd said...

Meh. This one is a little bit iffy. On one hand, she shouldnt have been poking through the email, but on the other, the company is at fault for being door knob stupid. At first I thought she did it by simply setting up a rule that forwards all her email to her new account. Something lots of folks do who have had an email address for a long time to ensure they dont miss anything important from friends who dont know about her new address. Thats simple enough, and hardly something to go to jail over. But this? I think its the companies idiocy that stands out the most.

Good find!