Two Plead Guilty To Computer Fraud For Stealing Client Information Of Sports Handicapping Company
Las Vegas, Nev. – A man and woman have pleaded guilty to computer fraud for stealing client information from their employer, a local sports betting firm, and selling it to an individual at a competing company, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
JASON WILHELM REIMER, age 29, and QUINTANA YVETTE BUCK, age 23, both of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to one count of Computer Fraud, a felony. A third individual, ROY PERRY, age 40, of Las Vegas, has also been charged with the same crime, and his case is pending.
According to the court records, in September 2004, REIMER and BUCK worked for GWIN, Inc., a sports handicapping advice and information company located in Las Vegas. BUCK worked in the "front" office using the computer system to verify client sales packages; REIMER worked in sales. ROY PERRY worked as a general sales manager at Anthony and Anthony Enterprises (AAE), a competing sports handicapping information company.
On about September 2, 2004, in order to make money for themselves, PERRY, BUCK, and REIMER agreed that PERRY would gain access to GWIN's computer system through a computer virus that would provide PERRY with personal and financial information about GWIN clients. On September 18, 2004, PERRY sent BUCK an email attachment containing the virus. When BUCK opened the email and downloaded the attachment, it compromised GWIN's computer system and provided client information that had been inputted into GWIN's system. The information was then sent to a computer assigned to PERRY. PERRY and other employees at AAE then contacted the GWIN clients, offered them more attractive sport packages, and persuaded the clients to do business with AAE.
PERRY paid BUCK and REIMER $1,000 to provide the client information on September 18, 2004. On September 25, 2004, BUCK downloaded the virus on at least three additional computers, and PERRY paid BUCK and REIMER an additional $1,000. The conduct resulted in a loss to GWIN of approximately $5,000.
BUCK and REIMER are released on a personal recognizance bond, and are scheduled for sentencing before Judge Mahan on June 1, 2006. They have agreed to make full restitution to GWIN in the amount of $5,000. The maximum penalty for Computer Fraud is not more than five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian J. Quarles.