Mar 25, 2016 2:42 PM

Court orders additional $18,900 in fines for Somersworth's General Linen Services Co.

SOMERSWORTH - A court has ordered an additional $18,900 in fines, penalties and restitution plus two years probation for General Linen Services of Somersworth, after the company got caught stealing customer information online.

General Linen Services, LLC. of Somersworth pleaded guilty late last year to hacking into the computer server of a competitor with a similar name - General Linen Services Co., Inc. of Newburyport, Mass., between Sept. 2009 and April 2010.

Initially, the company faced a sentence of five years probation, a half-million dollar fine and restitution to the victim.

After an investigation, GLS of Somersworth hacked into GLS of Newburyport’s web portal over 100 times and downloaded over 1,000 invoices. As a result they knew the names and addresses of all of Newburyport’s customers, all customers’ product/service needs, the pricing for customers’ product/service needs and the terms for all contracts and when they expired.

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