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State v. McGraw
Indiana Supreme Court
480 N.E.2d 552 (1985)
McGraw worked for the City of Indianapolis as a computer operator. In order to perform his duties, McGraw was provided a terminal at his desk and was assigned a portion of the computer’s information storage capacity, each for his exclusive use. When McGraw became involved in a private sales venture, he began using a portion of his computer’s storage capacity to maintain business records associated therewith. McGraw was repeatedly reprimanded and eventually terminated for selling his products in office and during office hours. Following his termination, McGraw asked a former fellow employee to obtain a printout of his business records and then erase them from what had been his computer’s storage. The city obtained this printout, and McGraw was thereafter charged and convicted of larceny for use of the city’s computers and computer services.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Prentice, J.)
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