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Pittsburgh Man Admits Accessing, Damaging a Protected Computer

June 21, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County pleaded guilty in federal court to unauthorized computer access to a protected computer and computer damage, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Robert S. Toski, 48, of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty on June 20, to one count before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Toski 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. The computer was 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.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Oct. 12, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than one year in prison, a fine of $100, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, Tosh remains free on bond.

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

The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Toski.

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