Police say woman deleted company documents, accounts without permission

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect that while the Canva account was recovered, the deleted documents could not be recovered.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A warrant has been issued for a woman accused of deleting company files using company login information and access.

According to the warrant, Alexis N. Voudrie, 24, was terminated one week before the end of a contract job after it was discovered she had deliberately closed the company’s account and information with Canva, a graphic-design tool website.

The Austin Police Department says that while the account was able to be recovered, the information and documents were lost. The company estimated those documents, some of which “took hours to create each one by graphic designers,” represented an estimated loss of $56,625. 

The warrant says that the police investigation led officials to an IP address that corresponded to times when Voudrie would have been logged into the account (and also lined up to when the Canva account was closed). A further investigation traced the account access to the home of Voudrie’s parents.

Police say her father said she was at their home in Illinois at this time. The man reportedly told police that Voudrie had a work and personal laptop and that while she was there she would connect to their home internet on those devices.

Once arrested, Voudrie will face a third-degree felony charge of breach of computer security and be held on a $30,000 bond. 

What is “breach of computer security”? 

According to the Computer Crimes section of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits “breach of computer security” if they knowingly access a computer, network or computer system with the intent to defraud, harm or, alter or delete property. 

By Texas law, several “breaches” against the same victim can be considered one large offense and result in a fine of $10,000 to $20,000. 

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