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Loudoun man with history of computer fraud sentenced for stealing $227K from his mother

A Loudoun man previously convicted in federal court for computer fraud was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 18 years suspended for stealing over $227,000 from his mother.

According to court records, Andrew Hamid, 39, wired portions of the money from his mother's mutual investment account into another account in her name in 10 transactions between May 1, 2015, and Oct. 31, 2015. Hamid then transferred the wired money to his personal bank account in 16 different transactions.

Hamid also applied for a credit card in his mother's name and charged over $10,000 to it, according to court records.

His mother never gave him permission to access to any of her accounts, according to court documents.

Hamid pleaded guilty to four felony counts of obtaining money by false presences, three felony counts of computer fraud, two felony counts of obtaining goods or services by using identifying information of another person and one felony count of using a false statement to obtain credit in Loudoun County Circuit Court on June 10.

On top of time served, Hamid will also be on supervised probation for seven years. He must pay restitution for the $239,767 he stole from the mutual fund, $10,113 in restitution for the credit card charges and $2,100 in restitution for funds charged on a Paypal account.

According to court documents, Hamid is undergoing treatment in a substance abuse group at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

In 2006 Hamid pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to hacking into a Prison Fellowship Ministry's computer system and destroying files.

Hamid, who was employed by the Lansdowne-based group at the time, transmitted a program that erased files and user identification in January 2005.

The federal court sentenced Hamid to 15 months in prison with two years supervised probation and was ordered to pay $9,500 in restitution for one felony count of computer fraud.


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