Michael David Carroll, aged 58, and Jill Hawthorne, aged 35, both from Montgomery and both former employees of the Alabama Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), have been indicted for stealing the source code of Namemaster, a court records database.
The suspects are accused not only of stealing the source code, but also the schema which contains details on how the database is constructed.
Prosecutors believe that Carroll – who is the former director of Information Systems for the Alabama (AOC) – and Hawthorne – former database administrator for AOC – gave the code, the schema and hundreds of thousands of court records to software development company CyberBest Technology Inc.
If found guilty, the suspects could each be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. In addition, they face a $250,000 (€195,000) fine.