This week, it was announced that a federal jury in Brooklyn had found Allison Aytes guilty on two counts of theft of government property in the possession of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The defendant will now face a maximum of 20 years in prison. Aytes was a senior employee in the FDIC’s Office of Complex Financial Institutions when she resigned in September of 2015. The office was designed to oversee and conduct an orderly bankruptcy of the world’s largest banks and financial institutions.
The banks and financial institutions are required to file resolution plans or living wills with the FDIC. These documents contain confidential information about the bank, its assets and its operations. In August of 2015, the defendant used her office computer to review the listings and apply for jobs with the institutions that filed living wills with the FDIC. After being contacted by one of the banks on August 27, 2015, Aytes logged onto a secure FDIC database and printed a living will for that bank.
She resigned for her position at the FDIC on September 16, 2015. It was later determined that Aytes had copied numerous files from the FDIC network to external USB drives. Further details can be found here.