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ITMG Insider Threat Cases – April 4, 2022

NSA Employee Indicted for Allegedly Sharing Classified Information over Email

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the arrest of Mark Robert Unkenholz, an employee of the National Security Agency (NSA), who held a Top Secret/SCI national security clearance. Upon his arrest, the DOJ unsealed the 26-count indictment, which details the allegation against Unkenholz for the “willful transmission and retention of National Defense Information” (NDI).

According to Unkenholz social network profile, he described himself as a “technical director” within the Department of Defense for the past 38-plus years. The indictment of Unkenholz describes him as an NSA employee, who was responsible for NSA’s engagement with private industry.

Prison for New Orleanian who Exploited Patients’ Stolen Data

Ashley Green, aged 41, was arrested in 2015 along with her 32-year-old cousin, Royale Lassai, and 37-year-old Brandon Livas following an investigation by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in New Orleans and the US Postal Inspection Service into a fraudulent scheme.

According to court documents, Lassai abused their position as an employee at a medical clinic in Metairie, Louisiana, to access patients’ personal information without authority. Lassai then stole patient data, including dates of birth, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and addresses, and sold it to Green for at least $1000.

Former GE Power Engineer Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Economic Espionage

Yesterday, a federal jury convicted a New York man of conspiracy to commit economic espionage following a four-week jury trial.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Xiaoqing Zheng, 59, of Niskayuna, was employed at GE Power & Water in Schenectady, New York, as an engineer specializing in sealing technology. He worked at GE from 2008 until the summer of 2018. The trial evidence demonstrated that Zheng and others in China conspired to steal GE’s trade secrets surrounding GE’s steam and gas turbine technologies, knowing or intending to benefit the People’s Republic of China and one or more foreign instrumentalities, including China-based companies that research, develop, and manufacture parts for turbines.

Medytox Sues Hugel with US Agency for Stealing Trade Secrets on BTX Product

Medytox said Friday it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against rival botulinum toxin (BTX) maker Hugel, alleging that the latter developed the treatment using a stolen manufacturing secret.

According to Medytox’s ITC complaint, filed by Medytox’s U.S. counsel Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and acquired by Korea Biomedical Review, Medytox claimed that Hugel’s assertions concerning the source of its C. Botulinum lacked credibility and that the company stole the strain in 2001 from Medytox CEO Jung Hyun-ho, who was a university professor and developer at the time.

Missouri Health Care Charity Pays Over $8 Million to Resolve Federal Embezzlement, Bribery Investigation

Preferred Family Healthcare, a Springfield, Missouri-based non-profit, will pay more than $8 million in forfeiture and restitution to the federal government and the state of Arkansas under the terms of a non-prosecution agreement announced yesterday, which acknowledges the criminal conduct of its former officers and employees.

“Preferred Family Healthcare must relinquish the illegal profits it garnered from a wide-ranging fraud and bribery scheme,” said U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore for the Eastern District of Missouri. “Several former officers and employees are being prosecuted in separate criminal cases for their individual criminal conduct. This non-prosecution agreement holds the charity itself responsible for their actions as agents of the charity. Public tax dollars were stolen and misused in the course of this public corruption scheme, and through this agreement and these separate prosecutions, those dollars are being restored to the public coffers.”

National Security Agency Employee Indicted for Willful Transmission and Retention of National Defense Information

According to court documents, as an employee of the National Security Agency (NSA), Mark Robert Unkenholz, 60, of Hanover, held a Top Secret/SCI clearance and had lawful access to classified information relating to national defense that was closely held by the government (National Defense Information or NDI).

According to the 26-count indictment, on 13 occasions between Feb. 14, 2018 and June 1, 2020, Unkenholz, lawfully having possession of, access to, and control over NDI, which he had reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully transmitted that information to another person who was not entitled to receive it. The indictment alleges that the information Unkenholz transmitted was classified at the Secret and Top Secret/SCI levels and that Unkenholz transmitted the classified information using his personal email address to the other person’s private company email addresses. The person receiving the information held a Top Secret/SCI clearance from April 2016 until approximately June 2019, while employed at a company referred to in the indictment as Company 1. From July 2019 until approximately January 2021, the person worked for a company referred to in the indictment as Company 2, and was not authorized to access, or receive, classified information.

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