Utah: 2 Plead Guilty in Data Breach

June 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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June 6, 2011
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Two former state workers pleaded guilty Monday to their roles in the release of a list of 1,300 names of people suspected of being in the country illegally. Teresa Bassett, 59, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of computer crimes, but maintained her innocence during a hearing in Third District Court in Salt Lake City. Ms. Bassett recently changed her name to London Grace Wellington. The other defendant, Leah Carson, 32, pleaded guilty to making a false statement by an unemployment compensation agent, a misdemeanor. Both worked for the Department of Workforce Services when they were accused of compiling the list from people who had applied for benefits. It was anonymously sent to law enforcement and members of the news media, along with a note demanding the deportation of those listed. Ms. Bassett was charged with felonies because she released the information, a prosecutor said. Ms. Carson only helped gather it.

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