Former Verizon employee pleads guilty to felony charge for selling call records and location data

Former Verizon employee pleads guilty to felony charge for selling call records and location data
Daniel Eugene Traeger is a former Verizon employee who has pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of unauthorized access to a private computer. As benign as that sounds, the implications are actually scarier for Verizon customers. For a period of five years, the felon sold call records and location data generated by Verizon customers to an unnamed private investigator.

Traeger, who was working for the nation's largest carrier in Birmingham, could end up behind bars for as long as five years. However, prosecutors are recommending a lighter sentence as part of a plea deal. It is not known whether the information sold was from Verizon customers located in Alabama.

According to federal authorities, Traeger was paid a total of $10,000 for the information he sold to the P.I. during the years 2009-2014. Originally, the ex-Verizon employee received $50 a month. By 2013, the rate had gone up to $750 monthly. He was able to get the information by accessing one Verizon computer system to get call records. To get customers' location data, he illegally used another Verizon system called Real Time Tool to ping  handsets on Big Red's network. He wrote down the information on spreadsheets that he sent to the private investigator.

source: AP

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6 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2123; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's crazy!

2. JesseJames

Posts: 225; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

This happens a lot more than people think.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It also happens a lot less than people think lol.

6. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Yes it does

3. Bernoulli

Posts: 4358; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Although illegal it's kind of cool. I think they ought to partially implicate the PI in this, not entirely, but it's partially his fault as well.

5. Junito

Posts: 143; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

White collar crime sure does pays. Look at all the bankers, wall street, and financial planners, with the stuff they get away with. If you get caught. you are sent to the country club.

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