Former FAMU Student Gets Two Years in Prison for Identity Theft

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that former Florida A&M University (FAMU) student Christopher J. Wright, 23, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was recently sentenced to two years in federal prison on charges of aggravated identity theft and access device fraud for accessing the university‘s internal computer system (h/t DataBreaches.net).

Wright and co-conspirators Carliss Pereira, 22, and Carl Coutard, 22, used information found near the FAMU computer help desk, along with public information and personal information provided by students and university employees, to access student accounts.

They then changed bank account and routing numbers to redirect financial aid refunds to prepaid credit cards in their possession.

Pereira and Coutard both pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and access device fraud earlier this year.

Pereira was sentenced to four months of house arrest and two months in a halfway house, 80 hours of community service, three years of supervised release, and payment of $3,983 in restitution to FAMU. Coutard was sentenced to six months of home detention and six months in a halfway house, 80 hours of community service, and three years of supervised release.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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