MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a northwest Georgia man has been sentenced for illegally accessing confidential data stored on computer systems maintained by the State of Alabama.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a release Wednesday that 20-year-old Thomas Jack Hixon of Chickamauga, Georgia pleaded guilty to attempted computer tampering. Hixon has been sentenced to five years in prison, a $1,000 fine and a $50 fee for the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission.
Authorities say Hixon used spoofing software to manipulate his caller ID information to appear as a Weaver Police Department employee when he made calls. Prosecutors say Hixon called the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office trying to get a username and password for the National Crime Information Center database, which contains confidential law enforcement records.
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