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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Arizona Man Sentenced to Prison for Attempting to Steal Greene County Company Client Information

DAYTON – Christopher Paul Murphy, 68, of Golden Valley, Ariz., was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 12 months and one day in prison for intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization.

 

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Todd Wickerham, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, announced the sentence handed down yesterday evening by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.

 

According to the statement of facts in this case, Murphy, who pleaded guilty in November 2017, intentionally attempted to access a protected computer system in October 2017 without authorization in an effort to gain information for his own private commercial gain.

 

Murphy planned to obtain client information of customers of National BiWeekly Mortgage Administration, Inc. (NBA) in Xenia. Murphy wanted to use the information to solicit customers to his own similar business.

 

The defendant attempted to obtain the information by causing an email containing malware to be sent to an NBA employee. He also provided a thumb drive to an NBA employee and directed that, in the event the malware failed, the employee should download the company’s client lists onto the thumb drive.

 

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI and Assistant United States Attorney Brent G. Tabacchi, who is representing the United States in this case.

 

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Cyber Crime
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Contact: 
jennifer.thornton@usdoj.gov
Updated March 7, 2019