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Spring Hill man accused of hacking into former employer's computer system

BROOKSVILLE — A 25-year-old Spring Hill man is facing felony charges for computer-related crimes he allegedly committed against the Holiday restaurant and cleaning supply business where he formerly worked.

According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, Matthew M. Stoddart was arrested Tuesday and charged with 46 counts of computer hacking.

Authorities said that several weeks after he left the employment of Palm Supply Inc., Stoddart compromised a computer system belonging to Rachel Liggio and her father, Bob Comella, owners of the business.

An investigation revealed that between Sept. 18 and Oct. 14, Stoddart changed passwords, deleted emails and work orders from customers, and sent several pornographic emails to the account belonging to Comella's wife.

Subpoenas to both Yahoo and Facebook returned a suspicious Internet Protocol address through Bright House Networks that came back to Stoddart's residence at 7418 Mohawk Trail in Spring Hill. Authorities said the IP address was consistent with the dates and times of the compromise.

During an interview with authorities, Stoddart admitted that he and his girlfriend were the only people with access to the computer inside the residence during that time frame. Stoddart was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center, where he remained in custody Wednesday in lieu of $46,000 bail.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or