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Defendants Sentenced for Illegally Accessing State Computer Network 

DATE:  March 5, 2018

CASE:  Jeffrey Rikala & Jonathan Turrentine (Case #17FE004204)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Bruce Chang, Cyber Crimes Unit

Jeffrey Rikala and Jonathan Turrentine pled no contest to illegally accessing a computer network to wrongfully obtain money, property or data.  The Honorable Lawrence Brown sentenced both defendants to 30 days county jail and 3 years probation.

Between October 22, 2016, and November 1, 2016, Rikala and Turrentine were employees of the State of California Department of Technology.  The defendants engaged in a scheme to mine Monero, a form of cryptocurrency, by using State of California computer servers.


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