Man charged in TSYS identity theft violated computer policy at Paragon Benefits

“If you see something, say something” paid off in this case.  Adam Carlson reports:

A week after he was placed at Paragon Benefits Inc. by a temporary staffing agency, Drew Johnson appeared to be spending more time on his computer than his duties required before personal information from more than 5,200 TSYS employees was sent to his personal Gmail account, records in U.S. District Court stated Tuesday.

Johnson, 26, of Columbus was arrested Friday at an undisclosed residence and charged with felony identity theft. In an affidavit from FBI special agent Christian Coulter, Johnson is accused of illegally transferring and possessing the identification of another person in connection with an unlawful activity. TSYS said at least 1,000 former employees and 11 family members had their data compromised.


Court records show that Johnson started work on Sept. 3, 2013, at Paragon Benefits, a company which administers health benefits for credit-card and payment processor TSYS in Columbus and Kelley Manufacturing Co. in Tifton, Ga.


Files accessed by Johnson included two files, one from TSYS and another from Kelley Manufacturing, a company that manufactures agricultural equipment. Information included the employees names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, home addresses and insurance plan details. At the time, Johnson had access to the files but had no professional reason to visit the information.

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