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Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa faces jail time and fines for accessing Houston Astros computers

Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa faces jail time and fines for accessing Houston Astros computers.

After months of silence, the Federal investigation into Chris Correa’s alleged hacking of Houston Astros computers moved ahead clearly as the 35-year-old former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals admitted guilt on five charges.

Appearing in a Houston court on Friday, Correa pled guilty to five counts of unauthorized access to computer information. With each count comes a possible maximum sentence of five years plus a $250,000 fine. The 35-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11, the Post-Dispatch reports.

Information Correa accessed on multiple occasions from at least March 2013 to March 2014 included Astros scouting, draft and trade information as well as employee personal email accounts. Some of this information was later posted anonymously on the internet. The value of the information which Correa accessed was set at $1.7 million, reported by the Houston Chronicle.

No other individuals have been charged and they may not, as U.S. attorney Kennty Magidson called this “a very detailed, thorough and complete investigation,” per the Chronicle.  

Several open questions remain, however. As part of his defense, Correa said in court that he found the Astros took proprietary data from the Cardinals. When asked what he did with that information, Correa said he told his colleagues about it.

The Astros repeated their denial of Correa’s allegations against them. The Cardinals released a brief statement saying they will not comment.

Major League Baseball also made a written statement that they expect to conduct their investigation when federal authorities share their findings. The Cardinals organization could face penalties of an undetermined nature from MLB.

Correa’s plea agreement can be read here.

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