American man jailed in US over Singapore HIV data leak

SINGAPORE (AFP) – An American man who leaked confidential details of thousands of HIV-positive people in Singapore, most of them foreigners, has been jailed in the United States (US) for two years.

Mikhy Farrera Brochez was convicted by a Kentucky court last June for trying to extort the Singapore government using the stolen data.

The 34-year-old had obtained the data from his partner, a senior Singaporean doctor who also helped Brochez conceal his HIV-positive status to get a work permit for the city-state.

Confidential information including the names and addresses of 14,200 people was dumped online.

The leak caused anxiety among those with HIV, who have long complained of facing prejudice in socially conservative Singapore.

Brochez was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on Friday, said a statement from the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Kentucky.

“The defendant’s conduct was serious and significant, affecting thousands of people across the world,” said US Attorney Robert M Duncan Jr.

The data included information on more than 50 American citizens, the statement said.

Brochez will also be placed under supervision for three years after his release.