Ex-Arkansas VA worker admits trying to sell personal data

    An Arkansas man who previously worked for Veterans Affairs has pleaded guilty to charges that he offered to sell the personal data of veterans and their families in exchange for $100,000.

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Phillip Keith Hill, 33, of Benton, was indicted Jan. 9, 2018 on three charges -- attempted trafficking of Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information, aggravated identity theft, and possession of device-making equipment. He pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian Miller to the first charge, in exchange for the dismissal of the remaining charges.

    He had been facing a jury trial on all three charges beginning Oct. 28.

    Authorities say Hill was a former database administrator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Little Rock. They say in 2017 he told an informant for the VA’s Office of Inspector General that the information “would be particularly valuable to identity thieves.”

    He was fired that year for poor performance and arrested about two weeks later.

    Hill will be sentenced later and faces up to 10 years in prison.

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