A Suffolk County info expertise supervisor has been arrested for mining Bitcoin and different cryptocurrency out of the county heart in Riverhead since February, District Lawyer Timothy Sini introduced Wednesday.
Christopher Naples, 42, of Mattituck, is charged with Public Corruption, Grand Larceny within the Third Diploma, Laptop Trespass and Official Misconduct, in line with a press launch from the district lawyer’s workplace. Naples is the assistant supervisor of knowledge expertise operations for the county clerk’s workplace and has been employed by the county since 2000, in line with the discharge.
Investigators executed a search warrant on the county heart on Aug. 19 and seized 46 cryptocurrency mining units hidden all through unused panels and detachable floorboards in six rooms all through the constructing, Sini mentioned.
The investigators discovered that 10 units in Naples’ operation had value greater than $6,000 to the county in vitality payments, in line with prosecutors. The investigation into the operation and prices of the opposite units is ongoing, however are estimated to value $4,200 per thirty days every in electrical energy, the discharge mentioned. An investigation is ongoing to learn how a lot cash Naples’ might have comprised of the alleged operation, Sini mentioned.
“Mining cryptocurrency requires an infinite quantity of assets, and miners must navigate find out how to cowl all of these electrical energy and cooling prices,” Sini mentioned in an announcement. “This defendant discovered a option to do it; sadly, it was on the backs of taxpayers. We is not going to enable County workers, who’re already on the general public’s payroll, to steal taxpayer cash or illegally use authorities assets for their very own private acquire.”
Sini mentioned some units had elevated the temperature of 1 room that held the county servers and different infrastructure, and put it in danger. The units additionally required the bypassing of the county’s web safety protocols and will have “jeopardized the safety of the county’s community,” Sini mentioned.
Naples was arraigned on Wednesday in Southampton City Justice Courtroom and was launched on his personal recognizance, in line with the DA. He’s due again in court docket Sept. 16. If convicted of the highest rely, he might face a most sentence of 5 to fifteen years in jail.
Editor’s notice: A prison cost is an accusation. An individual charged with a criminal offense is presumed harmless until confirmed responsible in a court docket of regulation.
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