TAMPA — A former information technology manager for a local law firm was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Tuesday for hacking into and damaging the firm's computer system.
U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday also ordered Edwin Vega Jr., 42, of Valrico to pay $120,000 in restitution and spend three years on supervised release following prison.
Vega, the former IT manager for lawyer Daniel C. Consuegra's firm, pleaded guilty to a charge related to the computer intrusions on Aug. 19. Authorities say that in August 2009 he was counseled for unacceptable behavior, then deleted files from the computer of the human resource manager, then was fired.
Later, Vega hacked into the Tampa firm's system on four different occasions and destroyed or deleted data on its servers, disabled operating systems and deleted e-mail accounts and other records, prosecutors said.