Friday, December 08, 2006, 12/08/2006 05:26:00 PM

Self-Directed Whistleblower Tagged For Computer Crimes

By Todd
Stephen Heller went from whistleblower to computer thief in a short period of time. As "The Argus" reports, "the Van Nuys actor and temporary worker recently pleaded guilty to a computer crime, agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, and write an apology to Diebold and its Los Angeles attorneys, Jones Day, for making confidential Diebold legal memos public in 2004.
Heller had copied and released 500 pages of memos and other data indicating that Diebold violated state election laws by peddling in Alameda and other counties software that had not been tested or approved for use in elections." The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office announced an indictment on charges of unauthorized access to a computer, second-degree burglary and receiving stolen goods.

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