The woman convicted of carrying out one of the biggest bank data robberies in history was sentenced Tuesday to five years probation and time served by a federal judge in Seattle.
Paige Adele Thompson was found guilty by a jury in June of wire fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer and damaging a computer, but was acquitted of other counts, including usurpation of aggravated identity.
Ms. Thompson, a former Seattle-area tech worker, was arrested in July 2019 after stealing records from Capital One Financial Corp.
involving over 100 million customers and credit card applicants.
Personal information from Capital One credit card applications from 2005 to 2019 was accessed, including credit scores, payment history and contact details, the bank said at the time. Additionally, the social security and credit card numbers of tens of thousands of people were exposed.
The incident resulted in a $190 million settlement between Capital One and those involved, and an $80 million fine from the Treasury Department.
Federal prosecutors had sought a seven-year sentence. However, US District Judge Robert Lasnik told the sentencing hearing that jail would be particularly hard on Ms Thompson, who is transgender, because of her status and mental health. Mr. Lasnik has scheduled a hearing for December 1 to determine how much Ms. Thompson should pay in restitution.
“While we understand the mitigating factors, we are very disappointed with the court’s sentencing decision. This is not what justice looks like,” U.S. Attorney Nick Brown said in a statement. Capital One spokespersons did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“While we don’t agree that Paige committed any crimes, we’re glad the judge didn’t give her a prison sentence, especially when prosecutors asked for seven years,” he said. said Brian Klein, attorney for Ms Thompson and partner at Waymaker LLP.
—Robert McMillan contributed to this article.
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Appeared in the October 6, 2022 print edition as “Capital One Data Thief Gets Probation”.