An employee of the Citrus Department of Florida was arrested for using state-of-the-art computer equipment for cryptocurrency mining.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Florida law enforcement department (FDLE) arrested IT manager Matthew McDermott, who worked in a government agency overseeing the citrus industry in the US state of Florida. At the moment, McDermott awaits trial, and the pledge for his release is set at $5,000.
FDLE claims that McDermott used the Department’s computers for cryptocurrency mining, including bitcoins and Litecoin, and accused him of theft and abuse of office.
The investigation also showed that from October 2017 to January 2018, the department’s utility expenses increased by more than 40%, presumably because of McDermott’s activities.
In addition, FDLE claims that McDermott bought 24 graphics processors for about $ 22,000, using funds from his department’s account for this. GPUs are a common technique for cryptocurrency mining due to the fact that they cope with computations much faster than standard computer processors.
Last week, a similar story occurred in the US state of Louisiana, where civil servants also used public resources to extract bitcoin.