The now-former State Department employee recently pleaded guilty to illegally accessing hundreds of confidential passport application files.
The Department of Justice said the list of about 200 individuals' files Yontz accessed included those of celebrities, athletes, actors, politicians, musicians, game show contestants (huh?), members of the media corps, prominent business professionals, colleagues, and neighbors.
When questioned, Yontz admitted that he had no official government reason to access and view these passport applications, and that his sole purpose in accessing and viewing these passport applications was idle curiosity, the Justice Department said.
Yontz was a contract employee working as an intelligence analyst within the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. The position gave him access to official State Department computer databases, including the Passport Information Electronic Records System (PIERS), which contains all imaged passport applications dating back to 1994.
At sentencing, Yontz faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.