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June 14, 2006
Former Verizon Wireless Employee Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison

A federal judge has sentenced a former Verizon Wireless customer service representative to 70 months in federal prison after he admitted that he gained unauthorized access to the company's personal identification numbers for prepaid cellular service and sold them to retailers at a discounted rate.

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Timothy Charles Mattos of Folsom, California, had pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud. Prosecutors said the personal identification numbers (PINs) for prepaid cellular service had a face value of approximately $21 million.

Prosecutors alleged that beginning in November of 2002, as a Verizon Wireless customer service representative, Mattos accessed the computer system that stored available PINs, stole the PINs, and then sold them to retailers throughout the country at substantially discounted prices. Mattos left the company in November of 2003.

U.S. District Judge Morrison England also ordered Mattos to pay $21,266,185 in restitution to Verizon Wireless.

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