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Ex-DHHS employee sentenced in data breach

COLUMBIA (AP) — A former employee at South Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has been sentenced to three years probation in connection with a breach of data from the agency.

Attorney General Alan Wilson says 39-year-old Christopher Lykes Jr. of Swansea was also ordered Wednesday to serve 300 hours of community service. He had faced a possible 25-year prison sentence.

Lykes pleaded guilty last year to four counts of willful examination of private records by a public employee and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Authorities say the agency project manager compiled more than 228,000 Medicaid patients’ personal information on a spreadsheet and sent it to his private email.

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