SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A San Jose man was sentenced to federal prison after he confessed to a computer hack that resulted in the dismantling of Earthquakes stadium concessions during a soccer game in San Jose last year.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 41-year-old Salvatore La Rosa was sentenced to 20 months in prison and given a $ 268,733 refund after pleading guilty earlier this year. La Rosa was also sentenced to three years in prison.
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According to prosecutors, La Rosa worked for Spectra Food Services & Hospitality, which grants concessions for earthquake games. The company uses tablets as point of sale terminals to sell groceries, beverages, and other items.
After La Rosa was fired from his job in early 2020, the public prosecutor announced that he had logged into the administration portal for the earthquake stadium from home and deleted the menu and payment selections.
The deletions resulted in the company’s tablets stop working during the team’s home opening game on February 29, 2020, prosecutors said. Workers were then forced to handwrite orders and use calculators to complete cash transactions, causing delays, lost sales and anger among customers. Spectra also gave free food to some club members as they were unable to process credit card transactions.
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After the incident, Spectra granted a 50% discount on all concessions at the following home game on March 7, 2020, the last game in the stadium before the season, which was interrupted for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the restrictions of the corona virus at the time, the remaining home games of the team in 2020 were played without fans present.
Prosecutors said Spectra suffered $ 268,733 in damage due to lost revenue, concession discounts, employee time to repair damage, and labor costs.
Following an FBI investigation, La Rosa was charged with willful damage to a protected computer in October last year. He pleaded guilty in February.
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La Rosa remains out of custody and will serve his sentence on July 28, prosecutors said.