Posted Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Pequannock Police Chief Brian Spring have announced that a guilty plea has been entered by Sergiu Jitcu, 39, of Saddle Brook, regarding charges of computer criminal theft at Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains.Morris County Prosecutor's logo

On Nov. 8, 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office was contacted by the Chilton director of security who reported a theft of computer equipment from the facility by the defendant, who had been an Information Technology employee at Chilton Medical Center.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes Division was advised that Chilton Medical Center received information from a Wisconsin resident who reported that he had purchased a computer hard drive on eBay from the Mr. Jitcu and that the computer hard drive contained personal identifying information of individuals who may have been treated at the hospital.

The Prosecutor’s Office commenced an investigation and, ultimately, executed a search warrant on the defendant’s residence and motor vehicles, which resulted in the seizure of computer equipment and additional items belonging to Chilton Medical Center.

Subsequent investigation has revealed that at least one computer storage medium, which was sold on eBay by the defendant, contained data or data bases with personal identifying information of patients. On or about Dec. 15, 2017, Chilton Medical Center sent notifications to patients, identified as potentially affected by the theft, advising them of the incident.

The defendant pled guilty to the following offenses — based on the criminal activity between Jan. 1, 2015 and Nov. 8, 2017:

  • One count of Computer Criminal Activity: computer theft by accessing data, data base, computer storage medium or computer equipment without authorization;
  • One count of Theft: taking of computer equipment from Chilton Medical Center.

Sentencing of the defendant is scheduled for Oct. 26 before Supetrior Court Judge Stephen J. Taylor.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes Division, Financial Crimes Unit, Pequannock Township Police Department, Saddle Brook Police Department and Chilton Medical Center, whose efforts contributed to the investigation and prosecution of this case.

Inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.