Florida woman trashed her employer’s computer system after being fired – WFTV

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida woman deleted thousands of company records and wrote profanities into her employer’s computer system after she was fired from her job as a human resources manager.

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Medghyne Calonge was found guilty of one count of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer, one count of accessing a protected computer and recklessly causing damage, prosecutors said .

Calonge, 41, worked in St. Petersburg, Florida, for an unnamed Manhattan-based company. She was fired for failing to meet the minimum requirements of the position for which she was hired. In one case, she downgraded an employee’s access to a computer system after an argument.

After she was fired, but before she was escorted out of the building, two employees saw her repeatedly pressing the delete key on her computer. Calonge then logged into the computer system and “ransacked” the system for two days, deleting 17,000 applications and CVs, and leaving profane messages written in the system.

Prosecutors said the company spent two years and $100,000 creating the computer system Calonge erased. The company spent an additional $100,000 to study and rebuild it. The company never fully recovered the data.

“His actions wiped out information vitally important to the employing company and cost the company money and time to fix it,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement. “Now Calonge awaits sentencing for his crimes.”

Gordon K. Morehouse