PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal prosecutors have filed a charge of computer fraud against a former Columbia Sportswear information technology manager who allegedly continued to log in to the company’s computer system for years after he quit.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported (https://goo.gl/qQuTzr ) Friday that the charge was filed against Michael Leeper.

Leeper worked in Columbia job for 14 years and quit in 2014 to join a Seattle technology company.

Prosecutors claim he continued to access Columbia’s system for more than two years with hopes of commercial gain.

Columbia filed a civil lawsuit against Leeper and current employer, Denali Advanced Integration, in March, saying Leeper hacked into the Columbia systems hundreds of times.

Leeper has denied any wrongdoing and claimed Columbia knew he was getting into the company’s system.

Sam Kaufman, the Portland attorney representing Leeper, declined comment on the criminal case, as did Columbia officials.

Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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