You’re never too old, Tuesday edition

On Jan. 5, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Soto sentenced Howard Dennis Barnes, age 72, to 72 months in federal prison.   Barnes had previously pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and attempted fraud in connection with computers, both felonies.


Barnes also attempted to steal confidential financial information from an entity that he believed was a bank.  Barnes provided an undercover agent, posing as a bank employee, a thumb drive that contained a secret computer program or a Trojan that Barnes believed would be capable of allowing him to gain unauthorized access to the account holders of the bank’s computer system.  Barnes admitted he committed such act so he could unlawfully obtain money from the bank’s customers without their knowledge.

SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Arizona


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