Cyber Crime

Ex-army admin jailed for 12 years over US military health data theft

Frederick Brown, a medical data technician & administrator associated with the 65th Medical Brigade of the US Army caused millions of dollars in losses

Frederick Brown, a 40-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, has been sentenced to over 12 years behind bars after pled guilty to his involvement in a fraud scheme.

Reportedly, Brown defrauded thousands of veterans, military service members, and their families. He was charged with one count for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count for conspiracy to commit money laundering.

SEE: US military personnel defrauded into losing $822m through scams

The accused pleaded guilty around two years back. In this ‘transnational fraud and money laundering conspiracy,’ Brown targeted more than 3,300 US military members and caused $1.5 million in losses.

Brown is ordered to pay $2.3 million in restitution, and he will be placed on supervised release for at least three years after being released from jail.

DoJ’s Press Release

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) explained in an official press release that Brown was one of the four conspirators who stole money belonging to members of the US Department of Defense as well as the military dependents and civilians, apart from active employees of the institutions.

In July 2020, another member of this gang, 34-years-old Trorice Crawford of San Diego, received 46 months in federal prison for his involvement in the same scheme.

It is worth noting that Brown was a former civilian medical records technician & administrator associated with the 65th Medical Brigade of the US Army. Other accomplices include Yongsan Garrison from South Korea.

How did The Scheme work?

Brown admitted that between July 2014 and September 2015, he stole the PII (personally identifiable information) of thousands of military members. The DoJ’s press release further revealed that the data stolen by Brown included:

  • Full names
  • dates of birth
  • contact information
  • military ID numbers
  • Social Security numbers.

Moreover, the accused admitted to taking screenshots of his computer when he was logged into medical databases. He later provided the information to another of his accomplice, the Philippines-based Robert Wayne Boling Jr. He then used the information to access DOD and Veteran Affairs benefits sites, through which they stole millions of dollars.

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