LEXINGTON, KY - A man charged last month with damaging a computer system related to Georgetown’s Toyota plant was indicted Thursday.
A federal grand jury in Lexington returned an indictment charging 35-year-old Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed with damaging a protected computer.
According to the indictment, on August 23 and 24, Shahulhameed intentionally caused at least $5,000 worth of damage to a protected computer.
On August 23, Shahulhameed’s position as a computer services contractor for Toyota was terminated. On September 18, federal authorities filed a criminal complaint against Shahulhameed.
The affidavit submitted in support of that complaint alleged that Shahulhameed logged into Toyota’s internal network shortly following his termination, and that he purposefully damaged the computer system, causing it to work improperly.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) jointly announced the indictment.
The investigation was conducted by FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew T. Boone represented the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this case.
A date for Shahulhameed to be arraigned in court has not yet been set. If convicted Shahulhameed faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.