Update: Arrest warrant issued for woman charged with Cuesta data breach
Update July 8, 2015:
Lacey Fowler fails to appear in court
– Paso Robles resident and former Cuesta College employee who is facing criminal charges for illegally accessing secure information failed to appear in court on Monday at her arraignment, reports say.
The judge in the case has issued an arrest warrant for Fowler and has set bail at $20,000, according to reports.
Fowler’s husband, Chad Fowler, was also arrested and charged with possessing drugs for sale. Fowler was also facing drug charges after a search of her home discovered $27,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin for sale, reports say.
According to reports, Fowler has not yet been located and booked into jail. Anyone with information as to Fowler’s whereabouts can contact the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney, at (805) 781-5800 or call their local police department.
Original story posted June 19, 2015:
Lacey Fowler accused of taking information included addresses, phone numbers, emails and Social Security numbers
– On Wednesday, at approximately 8:45 p.m., Cuesta College Human Resources Analyst Lacey Fowler was arrested pursuant to a warrant for her involvement in a breach of college personnel information.
As of Thursday, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney has filed criminal complaints against Lacey Fowler and Chad Fowler. One complaint accuses Lacey Fowler of a felony violation of improperly accessing computer data. A separate complaint accuses Chad Fowler of one felony count of possessing heroin for sale, and another felony count of possessing methamphetamine for sale. There is also a sentence enhancement allegation that the amount of methamphetamine possessed exceeded one kilogram.
San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office investigators and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies detained Fowler in San Miguel and transported her to the Templeton Sheriff’s substation where she was arrested by Cuesta College police officers.
“We are extremely disappointed by the actions of our employee,” said Cuesta College Superintendent/President Gil Stork. “The college is cooperating with the investigation and because the security of our employee’s personal information is our first priority, we immediately alerted all those who could be affected via email and mail following the data breach.”
On June 11, Stork stated in an email and mailed letter to college employees that a breach of the college’s employee database had occurred and that personal employee information had been sent to an employee’s personal email account.
The information included home addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and Social Security numbers.
Employees are encouraged to contact the Cuesta College Human Resources Department at (805) 546-3129 if they have additional questions.
The Fowlers posted bail after their arrest, and are likely to be arraigned on Monday, June 22, according to the DA.