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Computer crime case: former manager pleads guilty

Date: July 21, 2005
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: CCRC staff

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced that Roman Meydbray, 27, of San Jose, California, the former Information Technology Manager of Creative Explosions, Inc., pleaded guilty today in federal court in San Jose. Mr. Meydbray pleaded guilty to gaining unauthorized access to the computer system and email of his former employer, Creative Explosions, Inc., a Silicon Valley software development firm. Mr. Meydbray entered a guilty plea before United States District Judge Jeremy Fogel to one count of unlawful access to stored communications and one count of unauthorized access to a computer and recklessly causing damage.

According to court documents, within two weeks of his termination, Mr. Meydbray gained unauthorized access to the computer system of Creative Explosions from his San Jose residence between November 12, 2003 and November 17, 2003. During this unauthorized access, Mr. Meydbray deleted an e-mail server domain, accessed the e-mail account belonging to the president of Creative Explosions, and made configuration changes to the mail servers that caused e-mails to be rejected. A federal search warrant was executed at his residence and his computer was seized in the investigation.

The maximum statutory penalty for each count of unlawful access to stored communications and causing reckless damage on a computer is five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss whichever is greater; a three year term of supervised release; and $100 mandatory special assessment. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. 3553. Mr. Meydbray is scheduled to be sentenced on September 14, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Fogel in San Jose.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Cyber Crime Squad in Oakland. The investigation was overseen by the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit of the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. Mark L. Krotoski is the Assistant U.S. Attorney from the CHIP Unit who is prosecuting the case. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced that Roman Meydbray, 27, of San Jose, California, the former Information Technology Manager of Creative Explosions, Inc., pleaded guilty today in federal court in San Jose. Mr. Meydbray pleaded guilty to gaining unauthorized access to the computer system and email of his former employer, Creative Explosions, Inc., a Silicon Valley software development firm. Mr. Meydbray entered a guilty plea before United States District Judge Jeremy Fogel to one count of unlawful access to stored communications and one count of unauthorized access to a computer and recklessly causing damage.


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