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ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN KROGER ANNOUNCES VICTORY IN LANE COUNTY EMPLOYMENT TRIAL

April 17, 2009

Former University of Oregon technology assistant hacked into printers and took them off line at the exact moment 177 law students were printing their exams

Attorney General John Kroger today announced a successful verdict in a wrongful discharge claim by a former University of Oregon employee who hacked into school computers and falsified his resume.

"Assistant Attorneys General Liani J.H. Reeves and Elizabeth Bonucci did a fantastic job on this trial to insure that our tax dollars were protected," Attorney General Kroger said.

Thomas Goodman sued UO for $200,000, claiming wrongful discharge and retaliation for whistle blowing.

UO officials fired Goodman in 2007 because he hacked into school printers. Later, school officials learned that he had repeatedly lied on his resume, including claiming that he had an MBA from Oxford.

Lane County Circuit Court Judge Debra Vogt on Thursday issued a directed verdict for the state after three days of testimony and at the close of the plaintiff's case.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Contact:

Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 tony.green@doj.state.or.us |
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