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Insider Threat Incident Postings As Of May 8, 2020

U.S. Postal Service Carrier Charged With Stealing Veterans Administration-Issued Prescriptions From Mail – May 7, 2020

Christopher Donohue is charged by complaint with theft of mail containing prescription drugs.

Donohue was employed as a mail carrier at the USPS Post Office in Belford, New Jersey. On March 2, 2020, Donohue stole an envelope containing prescription medication that was destined for delivery to a military veteran. This theft was consistent with a series of other mail packages containing prescription medication issued by the VA, which had gone missing from the Belford Post Office without reaching their intended recipients. On May 6, 2020, Donohue attempted to steal another package from the Belford Post Office, which law enforcement had outfitted with a prescription bottle and inert pills as part of the investigation. Donohue was arrested and law enforcement recovered the pill bottle and envelope from him incidental to his arrest.


Former Healthcare President Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Over $763,000 – May 4, 2020
According to court documents, between July 2013 and May 2017, Robert Burton was the president of Nashville-based Omnis, which sold diabetic testing kits. Burton entered into a plea agreement, in which he admitted that from December 2013 through January 2017, he embezzled approximately $763,887 from Omnis by submitting false and fraudulent reimbursement requests to the controller of Omnis, claiming that he had purchased supplies and incurred travel expenses which he had not. To justify his reimbursement requests, Burton fabricated receipts to include with his fraudulent reimbursement requests.

In an effort to further conceal the fraud, rather than depositing the reimbursement checks into his bank accounts, Burton cashed them at a bank or a check cashing business and either spent the cash or deposited it onto prepaid debit cards. Burton often used the funds for gambling.


Government Official And Contracting Executive Plead Guilty To Bribery Conspiracy – May 4, 2020
The former Director of Procurement for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and the president and chief executive officer of a government contracting firm pleaded guilty today to conspiring to bribe a public official.

According to court documents, Donahue served as a Supervisory Contract Administrator with PBGC and then as Director of the Procurement Department from March 2014 to February 2020. From at least 2015 through August 2017, Donahue solicited and received cash payments and other things of value, including the promise of a job valued at $1 million, from  Ansari’s CEO. In exchange, Donahue agreed to steer PBGC contracts to Ansari’s company.

In 2015, Donahue approached Ansari and offered to help Ansari’s new company win a PBGC contract, worth approximately $55 million, in exchange for a future job with the company. Among other things, Donahue provided Ansari with sample bid proposals; helped draft, review, and edit the company’s bid proposal; and disclosed labor pricing estimates. When the company did not win the contract, Donahue helped Ansari draft the company’s bid protest. Ansari admitted that his business partners were aware of his arrangement with Donahue.


Former State Government Employee Admits Using Government Credit Card To Defraud Agency – May 4, 2020
A former Bureau of Land Management employee today admitted he used government credit cards to steal from the agency, including buying pottery for his personal use.

Adrian Anthony Aragon, 49, of Butte, pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Aragon faces a maximum 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.

The prosecution said in court records filed in the case that Aragon worked as an administrative assistant for the BLM and had been issued government travel and purchase cards to be used only for official business. An investigation found that in 10 months, Aragon attempted to obtain about $20,901 by improperly using his government cards. On July 28, 2019, Aragon used his card to spend $2,500 to buy pottery for his personal use. To cover the fraudulent purchase, Aragon doctored the account statement to omit the transaction and then submitted the statement.


Scientist Jailed In Australia After Carrying Out Fraud – May 3, 2020
An Edinburgh scientist who held two top government posts in Australia has been jailed for three months after admitting carrying out a £38,000 fraud.

Professor Suzanne Miller misused a corporate credit card to buy personal items including a £500 silk jacket, an electric scooter, show tickets and a drum kit.

She also used the card to transfer money into her mortgage account, to pay private school fees and to book overseas flights and accommodation in Scotland.


Former Temporary Employee At Assisted Living Center Stole Engagement Ring And Credit Card From Patient Who Died Of COVID-19 – April 29, 2020
A temporary worker (Elizabeth Daniels) stands accused of stealing an engagement ring from a patient at an assisted living facility in Denver, Colo., who died of COVID-19 (Barbara Gust). Daniels also used the woman’s credit card to purchase a vehicle the day the woman passed away.

Daniels pawned the engagement ring belonging to Gust, 86, who lived in the memory care wing at Carillon at Belleview Station, an upscale senior living community offering a continuum of care services including independent living, assisted living and memory care.

As Gust’s family was making arrangements with the funeral home and getting Gust’s affairs in order after her passing, they noticed there had been activity on several of her credit cards after her death. Additionally, the family said Gust had fallen, and required hospitalization, and during a visit, they noticed she was no longer wearing her engagement ring, valued at $20,000 to $25,000.


Employees Accused Of Stealing Trade Secrets From Former Employer – April 25, 2020
ASA Electronics has accused Lippert Components (LCI) of hiring 2 of its employees, who then delivered to their new bosses stolen trade secrets about a system ASA developed that allows consumers to control RV functions from a smartphone. LCI CEO Jason Lippert was angry that ASA’s product was outperforming his company’s version.

Rick Carver who was an ASA salesman, allegedly approached Jason Lippert with a plan. Over breakfast, Carver suggested Lippert could hire away Vince Smith the ASA mastermind and Carver could get customers to avoid committing to ASA’s system until Lippert could catch up.

ASA says it has evidence that after the job offer was a done deal, but before Smith left ASA, he downloaded trade secrets and backed up the files on a personal hard drive.

The former ASA salesman, Carver, who no longer works at Lippert, also took confidential information and used it to help lure clients away from ASA


Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) Suspends Officer For Alleged Leak Of Coronavirus Infection Data – April 25, 2020
The MOH said it has suspended one of its officers after she allegedly leaked the number of new daily coronavirus cases in Singapore, and then retrieved Covid-19 patient’s records without authorization.

The MOH stated: Confidential information relating to Covid-19 cases is placed in a secured server that is only accessible by a restricted group of officers who require the information for their work. The officer had authorized access to the information as required for her work, but had allegedly used the access for other unauthorised purposes.”

The police said on Thursday they had received a report on the incident on April 16 from a member of the public that the number of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases in Singapore for that day had been leaked on an Instagram post.


Former ADT Employee Had Unauthorized Access To Security Systems For 7 Years – April 23, 2020
Home security company ADT is alerting more than 200 of its customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that their accounts were compromised by a former employee who had unauthorized access to their security systems over the last several years.

The company spokesman stated the Dallas-area technician added his personal email address to customers accounts during service visits. That gave him varying levels of access to their systems, including the video streams of security cameras. The level of access the employee had depended on the services each customer had. If someone had in-home security cameras, for example, he had access to them. ADT said the employee had intermittent access to accounts for the last seven years.

The abuse was discovered in March after a resident reported an unauthorized email address was associated with an account in the company’s app. ADT began an internal investigation and found the employee’s personal email address in 220 accounts.


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