DBA Gets Jail Time for Data Thefts

This version of the story originally appeared in Computerworld's print edition.

A former database administrator at Certegy Check Services Inc. who admitted that he stole and then sold the personal data of about 8.5 million consumers was sentenced to 57 months in prison by a federal judge in Florida this month.

In addition, the judge ordered William G. Sullivan to pay almost $4 million in restitution to consumers victimized by the data thefts.

Sullivan pleaded guilty to felony fraud charges last November, four months after the thefts were disclosed by Fidelity National Information Services Inc., Certegy's parent company.

According to court records, Sullivan stole a variety of personal data from the company's databases over a five-year period that started in February 2002. The information was sold to data brokers through an intermediary, which paid Sullivan a total of $580,000.

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