Ex-DHHS employee pleads guilty in SC data breach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former employee at South Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has pleaded guilty in connection with a breach of data from the agency.

Attorney General Alan Wilson says 38-year-old Christopher Lykes Jr. pleaded guilty in Richland County on Tuesday to four counts of willful examination of private records by a public employee and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Lykes was indicted in February. 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.

Lykes faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced later.

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