MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Bergen County man was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to computer criminal activity and theft, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, and Chief Brian C. Spring of the Pequannock Township Police Department.
Sergiu Jitcu, 39, of Saddle Brook was sentenced on Friday by the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.S.C., at Superior Court of New Jersey in Morristown.
Jitcu was sentenced to non-custodial probation for a term of five years with the special condition that he make restitution, via monthly payments thru the Morris County Probation Department, to Chilton Medical Center in the amount of $64,250.00, Knapp said.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted on or about November 8, 2017 by Chilton Medical Center Director of Security who reported a theft of computer equipment from the facility by Jitcu, who is now a former IT employee at Chilton Medical Center, Knapp said.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes Division was advised that Chilton Medical Center received information from a resident of Wisconsin that he had purchased a computer hard drive on eBay from Jitcu and that computer hard drive contained personal identifying information of individual(s) who may have been treated at Chilton Medical Center. An investigation into the allegation was conducted and, ultimately, executed a search warrant on Jitcu’s residence and motor vehicles resulting in the seizure of various computer equipment and additional items belonging to Chilton Medical Center, Knapp said.
A subsequent investigation revealed that at least one computer storage medium, which was sold on eBay by the defendant, contained data/data bases with personal identifying information of patient(s) of Chilton Medical Center. On or about December 15, 2017, Chilton Medical Center sent notifications to patients, identified as potentially being effected by the theft, who had been treated at Chilton Medical Center advising of the incident, Knapp said.
Jitcu plead guilty, on September 4, to one count of third-degree computer criminal activity, i.e. computer theft by accessing data, data base, computer storage medium or computer equipment without authorization or in excess of the authorization and one count of third-degree theft, i.e. the taking of computer equipment from Chilton Medical Center.