Christopher R. Lykes, Jr. and Toshia Yvette Latimer-Addison Indicted In Connection With SCDHHS Security Breach
(COLUMBIA, S.C.) South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the Richland County Grand Jury has returned indictments against two people in connection with the unlawful access and use of confidential records from the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS).
Christopher R. Lykes, Jr. (DOB 06/02/1975, Swansea, SC) was indicted for four (4) counts of willful examination of private records by a public official, public member, or public employee, under S.C. Code Section 8-13-725(B), and one (1) count of criminal conspiracy. The incidents happened during early 2012. Both offenses are felonies, punishable by up to five (5) years in prison per count, or twenty-five (25) years total, or five-thousand dollars ($5,000.00) per count, or twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) total, or both.
Toshia Yvette Latimer-Addison (DOB 12/18/1967, Lexington, SC) was indicted for one (1) count of criminal conspiracy. The offense is a felony, punishable by up to five (5) years in prison, or five-thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.
The indictments allege Lykes, while a public employee of SCDHHS, willfully examined, or aided and abetted in the willful examination of, confidential records for an improper or unlawful purpose. Latimer-Addison is accused of conspiring with Lykes in that effort.
The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.
Attorney General Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.