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Indy man gets 2 years for extorting insurance firm

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A judge has sentenced an Indianapolis man to two years in federal prison for extorting an insurance company through interstate e-mail.

Judge Sarah Evans Barker sentenced 28-year-old Kevin M. Stewart on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

Federal prosecutors say Stewart stole a computer server from AIG Medical Excess that contained the names and confidential information of 900,000 people in 2006 while working for a private security firm. He later allegedly threatened to release the data to the Internet unless he was paid $1,000 a week for four years. He used e-mails to make arrangements for the payments.

Stewart also was ordered to make restitution of $1.4 million to help cover the company's cost of identifying and notifying those whose data was stolen.

Authorities say the stolen data was recovered.

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