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Judge sentences computer hacker to prison

May 2, 2018
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ANN ARBOR — A man who hijacked a county’s computer system and even altered jail records has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Prosecutors said Konrads Voits has "extraordinary talents," but he used them to "spend countless hours" trying to hack into local government computers in 2017. He appeared in court last week.

Washtenaw County spent more than $230,000 to fix the mess, not including the hours dedicated to the response.

County employees were also victims: The government said the 27-year-old Voits got access to the personal information of more than 1,600 people.

Defense attorney Benton Martin said Voits regrets his conduct. He said there's no evidence that Voits tried to sell or share any personal information.

Martin said "severe" mental illness contributed to the crime.

At one point, Voits changed jail records to try to get an inmate released early. The scheme was thwarted by an employee who checked records by hand.

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