October 17, 2023.
Marquis Hooper, a former U.S. Navy IT manager, has been sentenced to five years and five months in prison for his role in illegally acquiring and selling the personally identifiable information (PII) of U.S. citizens on the dark web. Hooper, along with his wife Natasha Renee Chalk, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Hooper abused his position by falsely claiming access needs for the Seventh Fleet’s database, exploiting it to gather PII, and subsequently selling the sensitive information on the dark web, resulting in Bitcoin payments totaling around $160,000. The couple’s actions facilitated further crimes, with buyers using the stolen PII for activities like document forgery and bank fraud, ultimately leading to their indictment and legal consequences.