TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Microsoft Employee Sentenced for Software Theft

Microsoft Employee Sentenced for Software Theft

Lisa Minter (
02 Apr 2005 13:58:41 -0800

Richard Gregg, 45, agreed to a plea agreement in U.S.
District Court in Seattle, where he admitted to ordering more
than $13 million worth of software meant for internal use and
selling it to pay off a mortgage and buy luxury cars.

Gregg, who worked at Microsoft until late 2002, had cooperated with
prosecutors in their investigation, a fact that Judge John Coughenour
said he took into consideration at the sentencing.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft cracked down on criminal theft in
late 2003 and put in more stringent policies after similar incidents
involving employees selling Microsoft's high-end software for personal
gain were discovered.

Microsoft hired investigators and made changes to its internal
ordering system in order to prevent future incidents.

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