Ex-Ala. court worker pleads guilty to theft

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A retired computer administrator for the Alabama court system has pleaded guilty to stealing court system computer code from the county court records database.

Officials say 59-year-old David Michael Carroll pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Montgomery. Authorities say Carroll's 36-year-old co-defendant Jill Hawthorne pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting access to a protected law enforcement database. She's scheduled to be sentenced June 14.

Carroll and Hawthorne were accused of stealing code for the county court records database called Namemaster, as well as its digital blueprint, and transferring it to CyberBest Technology, a software development firm, in November 2007. The two were also accused of facilitating the transfer of thousands of Jefferson County court records from the Namemaster dataset to the company.



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