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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Webster Woman Charged With Illegally Accessing Employee Computer To Conduct SIM Swaps

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Corrine Little, 38, of Webster, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with unauthorized access of a protected computer. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in May 2021, Little, a temporary manager for a wireless telephone provider, received text messages from an unknown individual offering to pay her to conduct SIM (subscriber identity module) Swaps. “SIM Swapping” is the unauthorized takeover of a victim’s wireless account, carried out by linking a victim’s mobile phone number to a SIM installed in a device controlled by the perpetrator of the swap. Little is accused of conducting five SIM Swaps, receiving $600 for each swap.  

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo and Newark, NY, Offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

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Updated January 20, 2022