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Pittsburgh Man Charged With Accessing Protected Computer And Computer Damage

December 6 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of unauthorized computer access to a protected computer and computer damage, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment named Robert S. Toski, 47, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Toski intentionally did access, without authorization, information from the email server of Levy Restaurants to obtain email content, files, and account information of two Levy Restaurants employees located on the email server belonging to Levy Restaurants.  Toski also knowingly caused the transmission of a program, information, code, or command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally caused damage, without authorization, to a protected computer, namely, a JP Morgan/Chase server for PaymentNet located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The offense caused a loss to Levy Restaurant and JP Morgan/Chase Bank during a one-year period aggregating $3,376.48.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of two  years in prison, a fine of $200,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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