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Posted on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 : 5:29 p.m.

Former EMU students accused of stealing students' personal information to return to court in February

By Kyle Feldscher

The two former Eastern Michigan University students accused of stealing 64 university students’ information in early 2011 will return to court in February, according to court records.

Keonte Manning and Nikko Gurley are the two men charged with taking students’ information from school computer systems in the first few months of 2011. The crime caused the university to send out an alert in March announcing that 64 people’s records had been stolen, including six people whose Social Security numbers were used to file false tax returns.

Manning and Gurley will both be in court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Archie Brown.

Manning faces two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, three counts of identity theft and three counts of obtaining personal identifying information in order to commit a crime.

Gurley is charged with two counts of obtaining personal identifying information with intent to commit a crime.

It’s unknown what information was taken from the 58 other people who had their records stolen. Six university students told university officials the Internal Revenue Service rejected their 2010 tax returns because their Social Security numbers were used on another filing.

While the case is pending, Manning has been banned from EMU’s campus. He was arrested and charged in the case in late October following an investigation that began in March. Gurley was arrested and charged in late November,

and police said he was the final suspect in the investigation.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sat, Jan 7, 2012 : 4:58 p.m.

I agree with those calling for maximum penalties for identity theft. There's a point where it must be recognized that there are things which may be "out in the open" (like cars, like priceless museum displays, etc.) which are never the less secured by the force of the state. I just think that our personal financial information deserves the same respect (out of fear of the penalties). I realize that there are different levels of theft and that this case is one where "only a few" people were victims. But that basic method of theft is what's dangerous. A single successful breach of security can victimize thousands or even millions of people. Anyone who has been a victim already knows how shocking and damaging it is. Ultimately, the weakness is that it's too easy to anonymously attack data bases. Ultimately, the answer will be to eliminate anonymity for computer users. It is already acknowledged that the real answer will be federal licensing and registration of users and their computers. And - there will ultimately be international licensing and registration (through shared government law enforcement information).


Sat, Jan 7, 2012 : 2:31 p.m.

Lets hope the perps get treated to real jail time.Somebody can steal millions with a computer and receive community service.Lets watch for the [oh this is a little white collar crime,no jail time please defense.]

toothless wonder

Sat, Jan 7, 2012 : 1:37 p.m.

Historically, ANY-THING could take down EMU's computers. It remains the same today. The buck stops with no one at EMU in that dept. EMU goes through State money like a crack addict goes through money, anyone knows that. No one cares, and so nothing changes at Eastern. Not a very tight ship in I.T.


Sat, Jan 7, 2012 : 3:08 a.m.

I personally don't care to see pictures of these perps. (they are not walking the streets) Archie Brown will get it right!


Sat, Jan 7, 2012 : 2:31 a.m.

Yes, where are the photos of these perps? This is an important article and a devastating crime for anyone who has had their identity stolen or compromised. How about more complete reporting and include the photos?


Sat, Jan 7, 2012 : midnight

pictures of the suspects???