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Former state employee sentenced for using work computers in identity theft activities

A former state employee has been sentenced to 210 days in jail for using his work computers in pursuit of ways to commit identity theft.

Matthew Shadle, 34, was also sentenced to five years probation after pleading no contest to a felony charge of unlawfully accessing and removing information from government computers and a misdemeanor charge of possessing identifying information of more than 10 people with the intent to defraud, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Shadle, a former associate governmental program analyst with the California Correctional Health Care Services, was arrested in August during an investigation into identity theft crimes.

The Roseville Police Department initiated an investigation of Shadle when he was detained at an El Grove hotel room. Authorities said numerous stolen business files, narcotics and indicia of identity theft were inside the room.

A background check of Shadle determined that he was an active employee of California Correctional Health Care Services. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Internal Affairs’ Forensic Analysis and Support Team then began an investigation into Shadle and his access to the health care services computer systems.

Authorities said the examination revealed that Shadle used his work computers to search for ways to commit identity theft and that he duplicated files containing the identifying information of many of his former co-workers.