Behind the Crime Scene - A True Crime Podcast
What happens when Cyber Bullying turns deadly?
It's the summer of 2006. Lori Drew, the 49 year old mother of Sarah Drew, reportedly became concerned that their 13 year old neighbor, Megan Meier, was spreading false statements about her daughter. Lori Drew and her employee, Ashley Grills, created a fake MySpace account for the persona of a 16 year-old boy using the name "Josh Evans." They used the fake profile to befriend and communicate with Meier in a flirtatious manner. In a cyber hoax turned deadly, Lori Drew is indicted on federal charges and lives are changed forever.
Let's go Behind the Crime Scene with former Cyber Section Chief and Assistant United States Attorney Michael Zweiback to find out what happened in this tragic case.
Michael Zweiback is a co-founder of Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman LLP and has significant experience in complex commercial litigation and trial practice in state and federal courts across the country. Michael is a former big law partner and multiple practice group leader across a broad range of practice disciplines including, Cyber Security and Privacy, National Security and Digital Crimes, and Government Investigations and Trial Practice.
Michael served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California and was Chief of the Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section where he investigated and prosecuted cyber related crimes including computer intrusions, privacy related offenses and the theft of intellectual property and trade secrets. While at the U.S. Attorney’s office, Michael served as a principal advisor to the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Cyber Crime. He also served as the Deputy Chief of the Terrorism and Organized Crime Section supervising and prosecuting national security investigations. Additionally, Michael is an active participant in the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security’s Active Defense Task Force, which is developing best practices for business and government investigations on behalf of corporations and municipalities.
Michael has represented a variety of clients on issues relating to data security and compliance. His clients include Microsoft Corporation, Toyo Tires International, Southern California Edison, Alston International, as well as other energy companies, universities and municipalities. Michael has also served as special counsel to the City of El Monte, City of Cudahy, Central Basin Municipal Water District, West Basin Municipal Water District, Water Replenishment District, Centinela Valley School District, and El Monte Union School District advising elected officials and professional staff managers on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, cyber security and complex litigation strategy. Michael has been named one of the Best Lawyers in American in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar since 2017.