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Former United Way Employee Sentenced for Damaging Charity’s Computer Network

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 24, 2009
  • Southern District of Florida (313) 226-9100

Jeffery H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, announced the sentencing of defendant Luis Robert Altamirano, on charges of computer fraud. Today, U.S. District Court Judge Donald L. Graham sentenced Altamarino to 18 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release. In addition, the Court ordered him to pay more than $50,000 in restitution.

According to documents filed with the Court, Altamirano was a former employee of United Way of Miami-Dade (“UWMD”). He was employed as a computer specialist from July to December 2007. Approximately one year after he left UWMD’s employ, Altamirano accessed United Way’s network without authorization. He deleted numerous files from UWMD’s servers and disabled UWMD’s telephone voice mail system, which prevented callers from leaving messages for UWMD and prevented UWMD employees from accessing their voice mail accounts. Altamirano pled guilty to computer fraud on September 16, 2009.

Special Agent in Charge John V. Gillies stated, “As illustrated by this case, computer intrusions are very damaging to businesses. As we move towards the future, cyber threats will continue to remain a top priority for the FBI.”

Mr. Sloman commended the investigative efforts of the FBI’s Computer Intrusion Squad and Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART). Mr. Sloman also acknowledged the United Way of Miami-Dade for their cooperating in this investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aurora Fagan.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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