Randall Craig, a former military contractor, learned that lesson the hard way when he was arrested in April. He ultimately plead guilty in federal court to identity theft and “exceeding authorized access to a computer,” and is facing sentencing in Houston this afternoon.
Craig faces a maximum of five years in prison. We’re eagerly waiting to see if the judge throws the book at Craig, or if the would-be-spy is shown a little mercy. (After all, who hasn’t tried selling government secrets at least once before?).
The whole thing started last September when Craig, a contractor at the Marine Corps Reserve Center in San Antonio, decided he could make some extra dough by downloading a ton of private military info and selling it to a foreign government.
He wound up arranging a Feb. 6 meeting with an undercover G-man at Bush Intercontinental Airport, followed by a meeting a few weeks later at the Galleria. (It’s a known fact that many a sinister plan for world domination has taken place near the Cheesecake Factory).
Ultimately, Craig sold the info, contained on a thumb drive, for $500, which sorta reminds us of Dr. Evil initially demanding $1 million to not blow up the world. Seriously, this dude put all that time and energy into fancy spy stuff for a measly $500?
-- Craig Malisow