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Former database administrator pleads guilty to Fidelity data theft
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (12/6/07)--A former database administrator for Fidelity National Information Services in St. Petersburg, Fla., pleaded guilty this week to charges of conspiracy and fraud in connection with the theft and sale of consumer data that affected 8.5 million customer accounts. William Sullivan faces a fine of up to $500,000 and 10 years in prison. He made a plea agreement with prosecutors after admitting that he was involved with the access and sale of customer data at Fidelity and Certegy Check Services (Bank Technology News December 2007). Sullivan was not authorized to view the data that he sold to a second individual, who in turn sold the information to marketers. Debit card and credit card data was included in the information. Sullivan, who was fired from his position in July, made a $580,000 profit on the sale. He will pay restitution to Fidelity. The data has not been linked to additional fraud or account theft, according to Fidelity. The breach was discovered in July after a retail check processing customer alerted Certegy to a correlation between a small number of check transactions and the receipt by the retailer’s customers of direct telephone solicitations and mailed marketing materials (News Now July 5). In February 2006, Fidelity bought Certegy Card Systems from Equifax (News Now Feb. 27, 2006). Equifax had bought CUNA Card Services, based in Middleton, Wis., from what was then-called CUNA Service Group and renamed it Certegy in 1996. The Middleton office, which employed more than 500 people at one time, became a small satellite office, according to News Now.


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