On Monday, July 16, 2018, a Lexington resident was sentenced to 18 months in prison for exceeding authorized access of a protected computer, a felony. Thomas Scott Taylor, 38, had previously admitted to unlawfully abusing his authority to access certain protected databases of his employer, IntelliSurvey Inc., for personal gain. He further admitted that he knew that IntelliSurvey purchased and maintained a set of Amazon.com gift cards for use in rewarding IntelliSurvey’s survey participants and that some survey participants failed to redeem their gift cards. Taylor identified those unredeemed gift cards and used them to credit his personal Amazon account. In total, from December 16, 2011 through August 8, 2017, Taylor admitted he unlawfully stole $492,689.58 in Amazon.com gift cards from IntelliSurvey and used them to make 3,300 purchases.