A former Cuesta College employee was sentenced last week to 350 days in San Luis Obispo County Jail for stealing the identity information of past and present Cuesta employees.
Lacey Fowler, 30, of Paso Robles had previously pleaded no contest to felony identity theft.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, she was a human resources analyst at the college. While working in that role, she illegally accessed sensitive information from her personal computer, including employees’ Social Security numbers, phone numbers and email accounts. According to the District Attorney’s Office, she used the stolen information to open up credit card accounts in the victims’ names.
While the victims did not lose money, their credit histories were damaged.
After she is released from jail, Fowler will be placed on probation for four years and must participate in residential drug treatment.
When investigators executed a search warrant for Fowler’s home on that case, they found $27,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin in a storage unit on the property.
In a separate case, Fowler’s husband, Chad Fowler, 34, pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine for sale. On March 30, he is expected to be sentenced to five years in County Jail.