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Former depot worker indicted

Date: February 28, 2008

BIRMINGHAM — An indictment against a woman who worked in the payroll department at Anniston Army Depot was announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Alice Martin and Carmen S. Adams, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Birmingham office.

Freida Spearman Holmes, 61, Oxford, was indicted by a grand jury in U.S. District Court. Holmes was a customer service representative for payroll.

Holmes was charged in a two-count indictment. Count one of the indictment charges Holmes with stealing $33,026.90 in government money. Count two charges Holmes with exceeding her authorized computer access to the Defense Civilian Pay System. The indictment alleges she altered her son’s files, and he was paid for time he did not work, and of her daughter, to credit her with 200 hours of sick leave to which she was not entitled.

The maximum sentence for theft of government property is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The maximum sentence for unauthorized computer access with intent to defraud is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

“Cybercrime can occur from internal as well as external sources,” Martin said. “When cybercrime involves an internal source, there is usually a related abuse of trust by the employee involved.”

Special agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and the FBI worked together on the investigation of this case.

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