EMC Engineer Stole Nearly $1 Million in Hardware

Monday, January 10, 2011

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Kevin Kelly, a former test engineer with EMC, has plead guilty to multiple charges, including making off with almost one million dollars worth of equipment.

Kelly stole the hardware by concealing it in a duffel bag, and then he sold it on the internet. Most of the stolen goods were sold to BL Trading, a Massachusetts-based reseller.

The goods were sold under the identity of one of Kelly's co-workers. Kelly has also plead guilty to identity theft, fraud and transportation of stolen property.

BL Trading has been charged with receiving and selling stolen goods, as well as wire fraud. The company is accused of installing EMC firmware on equipment prior to reselling, and the case is still pending.

Kelly, who worked at EMC for nine years, faces thirty-two years in prison and $2 million in fines, on top of his agreement to pay back EMC over $900,000 for the stolen items. His sentencing is set for April.

Another former EMC employee, a repair technician named Mark Rothfuss, is being charged with stealing almost $150,000 in company owned equipment.

The cases demonstrate that insider threat is a danger to more than just sensitive data and trade secrets.

Source:  http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9203760/EMC_testing_engineer_stole_nearly_1M_in_duffel_bag

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