Former University of California IT Employee Sentenced to One Year and a Day for Identity Theft
|U.S. Attorney’s Office October 28, 2010|
SAN JOSE, CA—Cam Giang was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison for his role in an identity theft scheme, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. A restitution hearing in this case has been scheduled for Jan. 20, 2011.
Giang, 31, of San Francisco, Calif., pled guilty on July 22, 2010, to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343 and one count of use of a Social Security number in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(8). Giang, who was an employee of the University of California (UC) San Francisco Medical Center at the time of the offense, obtained and used the personal information (i.e., birthdates and Social Security numbers) of other UC employees to create accounts on the StayWell Health Management, Inc. (StayWell) website and complete online health surveys on behalf of these individuals without their knowledge or consent. In this way, Giang fraudulently obtained online monetary vouchers to which he was not entitled. Giang completed approximately 382 online StayWell health surveys using the personal information of other UC employees. StayWell discovered Giang’s fraudulent scheme and informed the UC and FBI.
StayWell is a company based in St. Paul, Minn., engaged in the business of providing health management solutions. Since 2009, StayWell has been conducting online health surveys for University of California employees. Survey participants are required to create an account on StayWell’s website. When a survey is completed, the participant is awarded with a $100 online voucher.
The maximum statutory penalty for one count of wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343 is 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution if appropriate. The maximum statutory penalty for a count of use of a Social Security in violation of the laws of the United States in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(8) is five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution if appropriate.
The prosecution is the result of an investigation by agents of the FBI with assistance from StayWell and the UC. The investigation was overseen by the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Hanley Chew is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case.
Case #: CR 10-387 JF
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