Contractor goes up the river for tampering with USCIS computer files

Former federal contractor employee Richard Abapo Quidilla, working as a records custodian at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, altered computer files so illegal aliens could get "legal" passports and was sentenced to five and a half years in prison, Aliya Sternstein writes in Nextgov.

According to federal district court papers reviewed by Nextgov, Quidilla, 39, of Pico Rivera, Calif., deleted the names, birth dates and other personal information on naturalized citizens in a secure database and substituted the corresponding data for illegal immigrants. Earlier, he pleaded guilty to charges of computer fraud, procurement of citizenship unlawfully and aggravated identity theft, Sternstein writes.

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Reader comments

Sat, Oct 15, 2011

find the people who pay for that man.the INS need to recover the all the documents issued by that man.

Wed, Jun 8, 2011

Gee, the most-likely contractor developed system lacked the proper controls for spotting insiders who were contracted out and passed who knows what security review. Sounds like once again the failure of the contracting out sceanario. The more work is contracted out the less accountability there is. Maybe turnover is a problem. Bribery used to be not a problem with federal work. Maybe a careful consideration of ethical people is not someone desparate to take minimum wage. Maybe organized crime might take advantage of the federal contract out situation. Only feds are sworn to uphold the constitution when they are hired. An experienced long-time business anaylst fed might have caught the failures in the controls in the system but those people are fast disappearing.

Wed, Jun 8, 2011 F. BAKER California

It's no wonder Identity theft has worsen. It's even those our own people in the U.S.commits these crimes and needs to be penalized at least 10 years in prison for robbing someome's personal identity and put their lives into hell of misery. Hope it happens to their own family too and taste how life would be, caused by theft identity.

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