Today Florida local outlet reported an arrest of Matthew McDermott, an IT Manager for Florida's Department of Citrus - a state government agency that administers citrus industry. Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to Tampa Bay Times jailed the state employee for supposedly exploiting office computers to mine cryptocurrency.
Mr. McDermott reportedly was mining bitcoin and litecoin with the department's computers resources, and is charged with grand theft and official misconduct.
FDLE analyzed the utility bills October 2017 through January 2018 and discovered a sudden and significant increase by over 40% - another evidence of the prolific cryptocurrency mining. Moreover, the IT Manager also acquired 24 units of GPU using the office account with the overall charge resulting in approximately $22,000. As GPUs have much faster computing characteristics, that comes at a cost of power consumption - a parallel with the utilities bill surge.
This case follows news of last week reported investigation on another state - Louisiana: Bureau of Investigation had allegedly discovered hardware that could have been used for mining cryptocurrency. In 2017 two similar cases were sighted: Federal Reserve's Office of the Inspector General and New York's Department of Education