In the week following the arrest of two people alleged to have hacked into a business' computer system, Davison County officials indicated the contract between the county and the employer of the man arrested remains in place.
On Tuesday, the county commission held a nearly hour-long executive session with Davison County Deputy State's Attorney Jim Taylor, during part of which Ryan Beukelman of Tech Solutions and Santel CEO and General Manager Ryan Thompson were included.
“There’s no change on anybody’s part," County Commission Chairwoman Brenda Bode told The Daily Republic on Wednesday in reference to the county's contract with Tech Solutions.
Taylor did not respond to The Daily Republic for comment prior to publication. Thompson declined to comment on what was discussed during the executive session.
The executive session was held five days after Ramon and Kylie Shultz, both 36 and of Mitchell, were arrested for allegedly remotely hacking into a company's computer system multiple times in May to take control of about $20,000. Mitchell police indicated after the arrest that Ramon Shultz, a division manager for Tech Solutions, used his employer's computer system to access the other business' information.
The Shultzes were arrested on June 20 and charged with grand theft, attempted grand theft, identity theft and unauthorized use of a computer system to knowingly alter data. Ramon Shultz faces additional charges of forgery and substituting counterfeit license plates, and Kylie Shultz is charged with counterfeiting license plates.
Davison County entered into an information technology systems contract with Tech Solutions in November 2014 and had paid the company for services for five years before that. Throughout that time, Shultz has been the person addressing the commission.
Shultz met with the members as recently as June 10, when he discussed technology upgrades at the Davison County Fairgrounds.
Ramon Shultz was initially placed on administrative leave when police informed Tech Solutions of the investigation, and Thompson said Shultz was terminated from the company on Thursday. Both Ramon and Kylie Shultz were released from jail Monday after posting $10,000 cash bonds.
Thompson, who said he'll likely be working with the county as a representative for Tech Solutions for the foreseeable future, said nothing in Tech Solutions' internal investigation or information he's gotten from police has indicated anything that might be cause for concern for those in the area, such as a data breach.
"The allegations that they have, the evidence, are focused towards Ramon and Kylie's personal actions and their activities," Thompson said. "For us, it's nothing more than, somebody used a computer in our internet connection in an unauthorized manner. There's no allegations against the company."
Bode declined to comment on the allegations against Ramon Shultz.
“(The case) has nothing to do, actually, with the county, at all,” she said.