Two Alabama Court Employees Indicted for Data Theft

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Two former employees of the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) were recently indicted for stealing the code for a court data system, along with hundreds of thousands of court records, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Michael David Carroll (the AOC's former Director of Information Systems) and Jill Hawthorne (a former database administrator for the AOC) have both been charged with one count of stealing property having a value of $5,000 or more by an employee of a state or local government agency that receives $10,000 or more annually in federal assistance.

"The two are accused of stealing the source code and schema for an AOC database called Namemaster along with hundreds of thousands of court records from Jefferson County, Alabama," writes Computerworld's Jeremy Kirk. "The data was given to CyberBest Technology, a private software development company based in Orlando, Fla., that specializes in building systems for the public legal sector and law enforcement agencies, the DOJ said."

"The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Estes for the Northern District of Alabama and Trial Attorney William Hall of the Criminal Division's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section," writes al.com's Kent Faulk. "The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, Alabama Bureau of Investigation and Alabama Attorney General's Office."

If convicted, Carroll and Hawthorne each face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.