A former US Army contractor has been sentenced for stealing data belonging to the military to conduct benefit fraud, leading to the theft of millions of dollars.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) named Fredrick Brown of Las Vegas, Nevada, as a former medical records technician who had access to the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, an electronic records system used to manage military-affiliated medical records.
Between July 2014 and September 2015, the 40-year-old stole the personal identifying information (PII) of over 3,300 individuals, including “at least eight general officers, as well as numerous disabled veterans,” the DoJ says.
Military dependents and civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DoD) were also involved in the security breach.
Disabled veterans were targeted due to their “receipt of greater service-related benefits,” US prosecutors added.
After accessing the system, in order to get around security protocols, Brown took screenshots of his computer screen and these copied records were
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