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Ex-DHHS Employee Pleads Guilty in Medicaid Data Breach

Ex-DHHS Employee Pleads Guilty in Medicaid Data Breach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - A former employee at South Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has pled guilty in connection with a breach of data from the agency.

Attorney General Alan Wilson says 38-year-old Christopher Lykes Jr. of Swansea pled guilty in Richland County to four counts of willful examination of private records by a public employee and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Lykes was indicted in February.

Authorities say the agency project manager compiled a spreadsheet with the personal information of more than 228,000 Medicaid patients and sent it to his private e-mail address.

Lykes faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced later.

 

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