An HR Executive Trashed personnel files and deleted 17,000 resumes while getting fired over the phone. Medghyne Calonge worked at 1-800-Accountant and decided it was time to seriously disrupt the business before she left.
According to Market Watch, her colleagues watched her repeatedly hit the delete key on her computer while over the phone.
Then hours after being escorted out of the company’s St, Petersburg, Fla. office where she worked, Calonge logged into an outside computer system used by the firm to manage its job applications.
She then deleted resumes for 17,000 people and left messages containing profanity throughout the files, prosecutors said.
“Medghyne Calonge intentionally and maliciously caused severe damage to the computers of her former employer,” said Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“Her actions wiped out information vitally important to the employer company, and cost the company money and time to repair.”
Calonge was convicted of two counts of damaging computers after a six-day trial in New York and faces as much as 15 years in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 2. She was previously convicted of forgery in 2008 in Florida and was arrested in 2002 for writing a bad check, court records showed.
Her attorney declined to comment.
Investigators said the company had spent over $300,000 over two years to build the system Calonge wrecked and that it cost them $100,000 more to get it working again.
Many files were unable to be retrieved, prosecutors said.
This is why you never fire anyone over the phone, you always remove access while they are in a secure area and you escort them out of the building.
What a mess!