A former state employee and a Lexington woman have been indicted in connection with the theft of personal information belonging to 228,000 Medicaid beneficiaries from the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services last year, state Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Wednesday.
Christopher Lykes Jr., 37 of Swansea, was indicted for four counts of willful examination of private records by a public employee and one count of criminal conspiracy. He faces up to 25 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
Lykes was accused of gathering names, phone numbers, addresses, birth dates and ID numbers of beneficiaries and sending them to his personal email account, HHS director Tony Keck said when the breach was discovered in April.
The grand jury also indicted Toshia Yvette Latimer-Addison, 45 of Lexington, on one count of criminal conspiracy.
Latimer-Addison, who is accused of conspiring with Lykes but was not a HHS employee, faces up to five years in prison, and a $5,000 fine.
Meanwhile, the State Law Enforcement Division is still investigating the hacking of S.C. Department of Revenue last fall that led to the theft of personal information belonging to 6.4 million consumers and businesses.