Union Man Admits Deleting Former Employer’s Network Files

A former information technology employee today admitted accessing his former employer’s computer network and deleting files, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Officials say David Campos, 60, of Union, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court to an information charging him with fraud and related activity in connection with computers.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

From 2005 through February 2017, Campos was an employee of and provided information technology services to a business whose corporate offices were located in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Police say after he was no longer employed by the company, Campos accessed its network without authorization on July 25, 2017, July 28, 2017, and August 1, 2017. Each time, he deleted numerous files from the company’s network. Campos acknowledged in the plea agreement that his actions resulted in losses of more than $150,000. The United States reserved the right to argue that Campos’ actions resulted in losses of up to $1.5 million.

The charge to which Campos pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2019.