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Fired VA employee tried to sell veterans’ personal info for $100,000

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January 26, 2018

A former employee with the Department of Veterans Affairs is accused of trying to sell veterans’ personal information, according to a news release.

Phillip Hill, 32, a former VA database manager in Arkansas, was indicted and charged with attempted trafficking of access devices (social security numbers), aggravated identity theft and possession of device-making equipment.

Hill attempted to sell the personal data of veterans, their families and Veterans Affairs employees for $100,000 to an informant working with law enforcement, according to the news release.

Hill was fired by the VA on Dec. 6, but still had remote access to veterans’ information through a VA computer he had in his possession, or by stealing a VA server.

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Hill was later arrested on Dec. 17 outside a VA data center. Authorities found a VA computer at Hills’ home using a search warrant.

“Mr. Hill tried to use his position and skills to enrich himself at the expense of veterans who have honorably served our country, and the VA employees working to serve them,” said Cody Hiland, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, according to the release. “This indictment reflects our commitment to defending our veterans and federal employees from those who take advantage of their public service by illegally accessing and selling their personal information. It will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Hill was released on bond and his trial is set for March 5.