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Gautier man admits stealing business databases

GULFPORT — A 28-yearold Gautier man has admitted he stole the computer databases of two companies after he was fired from a credit-card processing job.

The Sun Herald reports Thomas Anthony Wotring pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent activities with computers.

He remains free on bond.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker will sentence Wotring on Jan. 27

Wotring faces a fine and up to a year in prison.

According to a related lawsuit, the databases included trade secrets and records of more than 60,000 customer transactions.

A federal grand jury indicted him March 18 on a similar felony charge that carries a longer prison term.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office offered him a plea deal on the lesser charge Nov. 3. Wotring accepted the deal.

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