Probation revoked for man who downloaded former employer’s database

Thomas Anthony Wotring
Thomas Anthony Wotring

A Gautier man who received probation for downloading his former employer’s database is now going to prison instead.

The probation of former credit-card processor Thomas Anthony Wotring has been revoked over a new arrest. Gautier police arrested him June 29 on a charge of credit-card fraud, a court record shows.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Walker revoked Wotring’s two-year probation on Monday.

Walker ordered Wotring to serve six months in a federal community correction center followed by 12 months of supervised release. He also ordered Wotring to continue paying $100 each month on a $2,000 fine imposed at his Jan. 27 sentencing.

Gautier police have not released details on Wotring’s recent arrest.

AM Computing of Georgia had hired Wotring in 2011 to process credit cards for its company and SND Holdings of New Mexico. The companies sell lifestyle goods online for mango diet, colon cleansing and similar products.

He was fired in June 2012 and received $2,500 in severance pay for signing a confidentiality agreement, court records show.

The downloads

On July 11, 2012, an AM Computing employee noticed an export request for data and realized someone had downloaded both businesses’ computer databases, including information on customers and their transactions.

His employee password had been disabled, but Wotring used a different password he’d remembered so he could download the databases in Jackson County.

The businesses sued him in federal court and obtained a temporary restraining order.

A federal grand jury indicted Wotring on March 18, 2015. He faced a felony charge of accessing a protected computer without permission for commercial advantage or private gain.

A guilty plea

Wotring pleaded guilty in January to a similar misdemeanor that did not involve intent to profit from the information.

Walker ordered Wotring to attend a drug-abuse treatment program until his probation is over, according to a judgment filed Tuesday.

Wotring also must allow probation officers to search him, his home, office and vehicle at any time, and he must provide his financial information when asked, the judgment said.