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Phone Company Employees Sold Customer Information

Federal prosecutors on Friday charged a Birmingham man with selling private customer information, including customer cell phone records, that he obtained from his work computer at AT&T. Prosecutors, the week before, charged a former Verizon employee in a related case.

In a one-count information filed Friday in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Eric Conley, 33, with computer intrusion. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also filed a plea agreement with Conley. According to the agreement, Conley will plead guilty to the charge.

Conley was employed as a retail sales consultant at AT&T in Gardendale in 2011 when a private investigator offered to pay Conley for particular AT&T customer records, according to the plea agreement. Conley accepted the offer and, between 2011 and 2013, sold hundreds of customer records to the private investigator, all of which Conley had obtained from AT&T computer systems without the customers’ permission. In exchange, Conley received thousands of dollars in cash and check payments.

Last Week the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged a former Verizon Wireless employee, Daniel Eugene Traeger, 51, of Bessemer, with computer intrusion for gathering customer records to sell to the same private investigator. Traeger worked for Verizon in Birmingham as as a network technician. Traeger is charged in a one-count information and, like Conley, has agreed to plead guilty. Traeger has admitted that he sold the private investigator hundreds of Verizon customer call records and location data records between 2009 and 2014.