DOJ charges duo for crypto mining in school district amid US energy scrutiny

The charges against the school district staff members coincide with the U.S. energy regulator’s recent clampdown on crypto mining activities.

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged two senior staff members of the Patterson Joint Unified School District for allegedly operating a crypto mining operation on the premises of the district’s 10 schools, utilizing school resources and running up the electricity costs.

In a recent statement, the DOJ claimed that assistant superintendent and chief business officer of Patterson Joint Unified School District, Jeffrey Menge, along with IT director for the school district, Eric Drabert, worked together to operate a crypto mining farm, pocketing the profits.

However, the statement did not provide clarity on how many schools in the district were used for the crypto mining operation, which comprises 10 schools serving about 6,200 students. Additionally, the type of crypto mined was not disclosed.

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