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Insider Threat Incident Postings As Of June 14, 2021

FBI Report: Virginia Beach Municipal Center Employee Who Shot & Killed 11 People Was Fixated On Workplace Grievances – June 9, 2021
DeWayne Craddock worked in the city’s public utilities department. He walked into his workplace of 9 years on May 31, 2019 and fatally shot 11 coworkers and a contractor who was getting a permit. 4 more people were seriously wounded in the attack and Craddock was killed by police.

The FBI stated that Craddock’s perceived grievances began in 2014, at which point he “purposely isolated himself by disengaging from relationships to conceal his intentions.”

“The shooter’s inflated sense of self-importance contributed to this conflict and led him to believe he was unjustly and repeatedly criticized and slighted,” the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit stated. Violence was viewed by the shooter as a way to reconcile this conflict and restore his perverted view of justice.”

The Virginia Beach Police Department said Craddock started having performance issues at work in 2017, the same year that he finalized a divorce from his wife.


Former Business Manager Sentenced To Prison For Stealing $470,000+ From Employer For Personal Use – June 10, 2021
Deanna Wehde pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Wehde admitted that while employed by Stone Care of Texas between May 2016 and September 2018, she defrauded the company by using company credit cards issued in the names of former employees for business-related travel to make unauthorized purchases and cash withdrawals for her own personal use and benefit.


Husband Of Amazon Finance Department Employee Sentenced To Prison For $1.4 Million+ Insider Trading Over 2 Years – June 10, 201
The wife of Viky Bohra worked in the Amazon Finance Department and had access to confidential information regarding Amazon revenue and expenses. Because of that work, the wife was subject to blackout periods during which no stock could be traded by the employee or her immediate relatives. The employee also was advised of insider trading policies making it clear the responsibility to safeguard confidential financial information. Despite those warnings, The husband (Viky Bora) obtained confidential information from the wife and traded in Amazon stock in accounts tied to him and his father. Bohra profited from the insider information, making a profit of $1,428,264.


Former International United Auto Workers (UAW) President Sentenced To Prison Embezzling $750,000+ Union Funds To Pay For Lavish Expenses – June 10, 2021
Between 2010 and 2018, former UAW President Gary Jones and other UAW officials submitted fraudulent expense forms seeking reimbursement from the UAW’s Detroit headquarters for expenditures supposedly incurred in connection with UAW leadership and training conferences. In truth, however, Williams and his co-conspirators used the conferences to conceal the hundreds of thousands of dollars in UAW funds spent on lavish entertainment and personal spending for the conspirators.

Jones admitted that he and other senior UAW officials used the UAW money to pay for personal expenses, including golf clubs, private villas, cigars, golfing apparel, green fees at golf courses, and high-end liquor and meals costing over $750,000 in UAW funds. For example, during the course of the conspiracy, Jones used UAW money to purchase over $60,000 in cigars and four sets of custom-made golf clubs for the use of high-level UAW officials.


Former Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing $400,000+ From Employer Over 4 Years For For Travel / Personal Use – June 10, 2021
Brian Janish was the former controlling manager of Lone Star Shredding.

Janish admitted to using an unauthorized access device and engaging in other fraudulent activity to steal $403,293.19 between July 2013 and December 2017.

Janish was in charge of establishing bank accounts and approving expenses for the company. When the company switched banks, Janish failed to close the company’s previous bank account or destroy the corporate credit card issued in his name.

In fact, he charged personal expenses on the company credit card, including travel and online goods. Janish also wrote checks from the company account and withdrew cash for personal use. He attempted to cover his fraud by emailing fake bank statements to the company.


Former Bank Employee Sentenced To Prison Stealing Social Security Benefits And Embezzling $27,000+ – June 9, 2021
While an employee of Eastern Bank, Materesa Jose, through a series of checks and electronic fund transfers, stole approximately $27,605 from the bank between September 2017 and July 2018. The majority of the stolen funds consisted of Social Security benefits. The account from which she stole the money belonged to an individual who had died in 2015.


ADT Security Technician Sentenced To Prison For Hacking Home Security Footage 9,600+ Times Over 4 Years – June 8, 2021
Telesforo Aviles, is a 35-year-old former ADT Security Technician.

Aviles admits that contrary to company policy, he routinely added his personal email address to customers’ “ADT Pulse” accounts, giving himself real-time access to the video feeds from their homes. In some instances, he claimed he needed to add himself temporarily in order to “test” the system; in other instances, he added himself without their knowledge.

Aviles took note of which homes had attractive women, then repeatedly logged into these customers’ accounts in order to view their footage for sexual gratification, he admits. Plea papers indicate he watched numerous videos of naked women and couples engaging in sexual activity inside their homes.

Over a four and a half year period, Mr. Aviles secretly accessed roughly 200 customer accounts more than 9,600 times without their consent, he admits.


Former Medical Center IT Administrator Sentenced To 6 Months of Home Confinement For Sabotaging Computer Network – June 9, 2021
Levi Delgado worked as an Information Technology (IT) administrator at a medical center that provides care to under-served communities. The medical center terminated Delgado’s employment in August 2017. Following that termination, Delgado was no longer authorized to access the medical center’s computer network and his credentials that had allowed him to access the medical center’s network were disabled. Four days after his termination, Delgado connected a personal laptop to the medical center’s computer network through an administrator account that Delgado continued to use without authorization. Once Delgado gained unauthorized access to the computer network, he caused the deletion of the medical center’s employee user accounts, the disabling of its computer accounts, and the deletion of its file server. Delgado’s actions prevented the medical center’s employees from logging into their computers and accessing patient files necessary to conduct operations. As a result, the medical center’s ability to see and treat its patients was impaired.


Former Ft. Bragg Purchasing Agent Sentenced To Prison For $6 Million Embezzlement Scheme – June 9, 2021
Morris Cooper was a purchasing agent assigned to the Operations and Maintenance Division, Directorate of Public Works (DPW), at Fort Bragg, NC and entrusted to purchase HVAC parts for DPW’s HVAC maintenance section.

From 2011 into 2019, Cooper used his position as a purchasing agent at DPW, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, to conspire with vendors to unlawfully enrich the participants of the conspiracy by steering contracts for supplies to specific vendors in return for cash payments and gifts, and by inflating prices on supplies, increasing both the profits to the vendor and the cash payment made to Cooper and/or his wife, Beverley Cooper.

Beverley Cooper was also charged with conspiring to steal government property and aiding and abetting Cooper to do so and was sentenced to 5 years probation.


Apple Pays Woman Millions After iPhone Technicians Posted Explicit Photos Online – June 7, 2021
Apple has made privacy a selling point for years, but that respect apparently didn’t extend to some contracted technicians. Apple paid a “multimillion-dollar” settlement to a woman studying at the University of Oregon after two iPhone repair techs at a Pegatron facility in Sacramento, California posted her explicit photos and a video online in 2016. She sent the iPhone in for a fix, but found that the perpetrators shared the media through her Facebook account as if she’d posted them herself.

The woman’s attorneys had threatened to sue for the a privacy invasion and emotional trauma. While the incident happened on Pegatron’s watch, Apple paid the settlement and received compensation from Pegatron. The breach only came to light during a fight between Pegatron and insurers that refused to cover the payment.

Apple reportedly conducted an “exhaustive” investigation that led to both the settlement and firing the two technicians. At the same time, it demanded confidentiality over concerns that publicity could lead to “substantial business harm.”


Nun Who Ran Catholic School Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $835,000 Over 10 Years To Finance Gambling Habit – June 8, 2021
Federal prosecutors today filed charges against a now-retired nun who was the principal of a Catholic elementary school in Torrance and who has agreed to plead guilty to fraud and money laundering charges for stealing more than $835,000 in school funds to pay for personal expenses, including gambling trips.

For a period of 10 years ending in September 2018, Mary Kreuper embezzled money from St. James Catholic School. As principal – a position she held for 28 years – Kreuper was responsible for the money the school received to pay for tuition and fees, as well as for charitable donations. Kreuper controlled accounts at a credit union, including a savings account for the school and one established to pay the living expenses of the nuns employed by the school.

Kreuper who as a nun, diverted school funds into the St. James Convent Account and the St. James Savings Account and then, as she admitted in her plea agreement, used the diverted funds “to pay for expenses that the order would not have approved, much less paid for, including large gambling expenses incurred at casinos and certain credit card charges.”

Kreuper further admitted ea agreement that she falsified monthly and annual reports to the school administration to cover up her fraudulent conduct. The criminal information also alleges that Kreuper directed St. James School employees to alter and destroy financial records during a school audit.


Former Office Manager For Dermatology Practice Charged For Embezzling $350,000 Over 8 Years For Travel / Personal Use – June 4, 2021
From July 2012 to February 2020, Patricia Doucet defrauded her former employer, the Dermatology & Laser Center of San Antonio. The medical practice’s owner and operator organized and conducted a non-profit educational symposium on regenerative medicine in San Antonio in 2012. A bank account was established to collect contributions for the symposium event. That account was to be closed at the conclusion of the symposium. But Doucet, in her capacity as office manager, kept the account open without permission.

In July 2012, Doucet began to embezzle checks and cash paid to the dermatology practice by depositing them into the symposium account. She altered a signature stamp utilized by the practice for its business account or fraudulently endorsed checks by forging the owner’s signature. Doucet also stole money from the practice’s profit-sharing account that was designed to automatically issue checks to cover taxes for the employee’s profit share. Rather than directing those checks to the IRS, Doucet instead deposited those checks into the symposium account.

Doucet then used the symposium account as her slush fund for international and domestic travel, property payments, meal purchases and other personal expenses on credit cards she fraudulently opened in the owner’s name.


Former Accountant Charged In $6.8 Million Embezzlement Scheme Over 14 Years To Purchase Collectible Cars, Real Estate, Etc. – June 3, 2021
The owner of several Pittsburgh-area businesses and former accountant for a nationwide supplier of eggs and related farm products to retail stores has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and tax fraud.

From October 2005 to January 2019, Jonathan Weston, a former employee of Hillandale Farms Co. located in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, engaged in a scheme with a person known as VP, to embezzle approximately $6.8 million dollars from Hillandale Farms, and then launder the stolen money through businesses they both controlled, purchase collectible cars and real estate, and engage in lavish personal expenditures.


Former Property Manager Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $150,000+ From Federally Subsidized Housing Complexes Over 9 Years – June 3, 2021
Alicia Gardner was employed by Garden Homes Management Corporation with responsibilities that included managing housing complexes in Brooklyn, Connecticut, and the St. Mary’s housing complex in East Hartford. The housing complexes principally catered to elderly and disabled citizens receiving federal rental subsidies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Between approximately 2009 and 2018, Gardner diverted rental payments and other tenant fees to a separate account she had set up for cable fees, and then diverted those payments to pay more than $400,000 in personal expenses. Gardner also overcharged tenants a total of more than $60,000 for cable expenses, which increased the amount of money available to be diverted. In addition, the government will present evidence at sentencing that Gardner embezzled more than $150,000 in rental payments paid by St. Mary’s tenants.


Veterans Affairs Employee Pleads Guilty After Recording Co-Workers In Veterans Affairs Clinic Restroom – June 3, 2021
Robert Sampson pled guilty today to charges of Video Voyeurism and Disorderly Conduct. Sampson surreptitiously videoed eight fellow Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees using a hidden recording device that he placed in a restroom at the Veterans Affairs Joint Ambulatory Care Center in Pensacola, Florida, on multiple occasions from August 2019 to June 2020.

The facts introduced at the time of the plea revealed that Sampson admitted to placing a hidden camera, disguised to look like a cell phone charger power adapter, in a restroom at the Pensacola VA Joint Ambulatory Care Center approximately 17 times. When VA employees discovered the recording device and notified the VA Police, Sampson attempted to wrestle the employees for control of the device. Sampson later admitted that he had placed the device in the restroom to record individuals in the restroom and would later watch the footage.


Former Office Manager Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $1 Million+ From Employer To Pay Mortgage, Truck Payments, Traveling, Etc. – June 3, 2021
From 2013 to 2019, Richard Clark was employed as an office manager for two family owned businesses in Lenoir, and was responsible for, among other things, handling the companies’ bookkeeping and financial records, making payments to vendors and the IRS, and reconciling the companies’ bank accounts.

Clark used his position and his access to the companies’ financial records and bank accounts to embezzle more than $1 million from his employers, and used the United States mail to carry out his scheme. Clark stole money from a company bank account the owner had directed Clark to close. Instead of closing the account, Clark used it to steal from his employer, by instructing customers to make payments to that account.

Clark also admitted that he laundered the funds he embezzled from his employer by withdrawing customer funds from the company’s bank account through multiple fraudulent checks payable to himself, which he deposited into multiple personal bank accounts.

Clark used the stolen funds to pay for his personal lifestyle, including to make payments for his home mortgage, to make auto loan payments for an F-150 truck and other vehicles, to install a home theater system, and to pay for travelling and shopping expenses, among other things.


Former Procurement Director At Broward Health Pleads Guilty To $427,000 Bribery Conspiracy – June 1, 2021
From 2005 through 2015, Brian Bravo, 46, of Pembroke Pines, Florida worked as the Corporate Procurement Officer and Director of Materials Management of North Broward Hospital District, known in the community as Broward Health.

As Procurement Director, one of Bravo’s responsibilities was to decide which vendors would provide goods and services to Broward Health, including health care products, linens, compression sleeves, and printer repairs. Bravo admitted to accepting approximately $427,000 in kickback payments ($150,000 of it in cash) from two vendors and a consultant for two additional vendors in exchange for awarding them Broward Health goods and services contracts. In 2015, Bravo steered kickback payments to designated bank accounts in order to conceal the illegal activity.


Former Payroll Manager Charged For Stealing $154,000+ From Employer – May 27, 2021
The former payroll manager for a non-profit organization that provides reentry services to recently incarcerated individuals has been charged with stealing more than $154,000 from the organization, prosecutors said.

Anglea Nadeau is accused of stealing funds from the Upper Dublin-based Kintock Group over a period of three years from 2017 to 2020. She allegedly issued unauthorized checks to former employees and changed the direct deposit information to have checks sent to a bank account in her name for personal use.

Management had discovered that a former employee was still being issued paychecks after filing for unemployment assistance, and the money was going into the same account that Nadeau used for her own direct deposits, according to a criminal complaint.


Former Bookkeeper Sentenced To Prison For Embezzling Nearly $600,000 From Employer To Pay Credit Card Bills – May 28, 2021
Kara Howland is the former bookkeeper of a New Bedford-based seafood company.

Between January 2016 and December 2019, Howland embezzled $598,241 from her employer by writing checks from her employer’s bank accounts to pay her credit card bills. Howland altered the company’s internal accounting records to make it appear that the checks were paid to legitimate vendors.

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