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An employee cost a New York county at least $6,000 (¥660,000) in electricity bills by allegedly secretly installing dozens of machines at his workplace in a cryptocurrency scheme, authorities said Sept. 8, announcing charges against him.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Christopher Naples, who worked in the county clerk’s office as a supervisor of information technology operations, is charged with counts including public corruption, grand larceny and computer trespass.
Sini said Naples, 42, who has worked for the county since 2000, had put 46 devices throughout the county center in Riverhead, New York, in locations like an unused electrical wall panel and underneath floorboards. At least some of the devices had been in place since February.
Naples is accused of using the devices to mine bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the top count against him.
Cryptocurrency units are created by computers solving complex math equations, and the process can result in heavy electricity usage and high cooling costs. (AP)
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