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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andru Rae’sion Reed, 21, on offenses against intellectual property and offenses against users of computer systems, both third degree felonies, after the Florida Department of Revenue reported external hard drives had been stolen.
FDLE began its investigation in late March at the request of the Department of Revenue. On March 30, agents spoke with Reed at his home, 1834 Jackson Bluff Road, Tallahassee and located four external hard drives.
The four hard drives contained confidential taxpayer information. Reed indicated that he had connected the hard drives to his Xbox to download video games without knowing what was on the hard drives. At this time in the investigation, it appears that the information on the hard drives was not used or further shared, but computer forensic examinations continue.
Reed was arrested this morning at his home without incident and booked into the Leon County Jail. The State Attorney’s Office, 2nd judicial circuit, will prosecute this case.
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today arrested Russel Edmund Scott, 49, for theft of intellectual property. Scott is a Detention Deputy at Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office (SRCSO).
The Sheriff’s Office requested that FDLE investigate Scott for unauthorized possession of SMARTCOP proprietary files on his personal share drive located on the SRCSO computer network system.
SMARTCOP provides system development, implementation and support services for public safety products including Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Records Management System (RMS), Mobile Computing with Field Based Reporting, and Jail Management System (JMS).
During the investigation, FDLE agents discovered Scott, a former SMARTCOP employee, was in possession of numerous files that were determined to be SMARTCOP proprietary information and Scott was not authorized to possess them.
Scott was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit.