A woman who worked as an IT technician in Floria has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for breaking into her former employer’s computers and causing damage of at least $17,000.
Patricia Marie Fowler was found guilty Sept. 2, 2010, of computer intrusions causing damage of more than $5,000 to SCHC, a nonprofit federally qualified community health center.
According to trial testimony, Fowler was fired by SCHC for insubordination and failing to follow supervisors’ orders. Soon thereafter, SCHC employees discovered files had been deleted and moved from the system, and administrative account names and passwords had been changed. Someone had also removed access to infrastructure systems and changed pay and accrued leave rates on the employee payroll system.
Last July, after initially denying any involvement, Fowler admitted to committing the computer intrusion crimes against SCHC and provided the FBI agents with the password to the firewall, which she had changed.