Man That Crashed Oregon Medicaid System Pleads Guilty, Faces 10 Year Sentence

On Monday, Hossein Heydari pleaded guilty to fraud charges for crashing Oregon’s Medicaid system for eight hours in 2016.

Heydari, who worked at Hewlett-Packard at the time, provided technical support for Oregon’s Medicaid Management Information System, and similar systems in three other states, until he was laid off on October 28, 2016. Three days later, Heydari retaliated by causing a failure in the system’s servers in Salem that became apparent only a few days later.

Heydari, age 61, has agreed to pay $76,000 in restitution and will be sentenced on August 12 in the U.S. District Court in Portland. The Gaithersburg, Maryland man faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Oregon Health Authority manages the system – it enables physicians, pharmacies and patients to exchange eligibility information for care. Prosecutors said the system crash posed a threat to public health.