COLUMBUS--Donald Christopher Dailey, 37, of Delaware, Ohio, pleaded guilty
in federal court today to extortion for demanding money from the company where
he was the information technology administrator in exchange for not disclosing
internal financial and other information, according to law enforcement
Dailey also admitted to
hacking into an ex-girlfriend's e-mail account, federal officials state.
Court records indicate
that Dailey abruptly resigned from the engineering company where he worked on
October 1, 2012.
Employees found a laptop
connected to the company network and streaming live e-mail of the company's
CEO. The laptop was in Dailey's private and secure workroom, according to
Dailey sent a letter to
the CEO claiming that he had knowledge of what he alleged was damaging
financial and other information about the company's internal communication that
he would disclose to authorities and certain customers unless the CEO and his
business partner sat down and talked with him, stated federal officials.
On October 13, officials
stated Dailey called the CEO and made an opening demand of 75 percent of the
$92,500 expected salary if he had stayed with the company.
FBI agents arrested Dailey
on October 16 and searched his residence.
An analysis of Dailey's
computer revealed that he had gathered personal information about the company's
employees, including everyone's names and salaries, and had stored the data on
his personal computer, according to authorities.
The alleged documents or
information referenced by Dailey as part of the extortion were not found,
Officials state that Dailey
also admitted illegally accessing an ex-girlfriend's e-mail and bank accounts
from a computer at the engineering company where he worked before he resigned.
is facing up to two years for extortion and a year for illegally accessing a
computer without authorization, federal officials state.