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January 09, 2020

MS. Man Guilty of Crime at Bogalusa CMS Contact Center

Colbi Trent Defiore (27) of Carriere, Mississippi pleaded guilty Tuesday (January 7, 2020) before
United States District Judge Jay A. Zainey to accessing a protected computer in excess of authorization for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain, and in furtherance of the commission of a felony.

Defiore worked as a seasonal employee for a company that supported the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by operating contact centers to assist with, among other things, Medicare enrollment.  One of the centers, at which Defiore worked, was located in Bogalusa, Louisiana. On numerous occasions, up to at least November 12, 2018, Defiore improperly accessed and obtained the personal identifying information of more than 8,000 individuals by improperly accessing the database.

Ultimately, Defiore used the personal information of at least five consumers to apply for at least six credit cards, loans, and lines of credit for his personal benefit.

Defiore faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of up to $250,000, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.  Sentencing before Judge Zainey has been scheduled for April 7, 2020.

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