Two employees tasked with ordering cellphones stole $562,501 worth of tech products purchased by their employer, sold them, and kept the profits. They recently pled guilty to wire fraud conspiracy.
The employees, who worked at the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health in North Little Rock, were responsible for ordering new cellphones for employees and subcontractors at the organization. However, they kept the new phones and tablets that they ordered from a contract carrier for themselves rather than turning them over to the organization.
In a plea agreement, the two men admitted to using PayPal and Western Union to sell the devices online. Most of the devices were sent to China via Oregon.
One of the embezzlers was hired in June 2007 as the internet technology infrastructure and facilities specialist. The other was hired in Sept. 2011 as a LAN/desktop specialist. The scheme went on from June 2013 until November 2017, when both of the men were terminated.
One of the former employees was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and $562,501 in restitution. The other former employee is awaiting sentencing. Linda Satter "Ex-internet tech specialist gets 18-month sentence in fraud case" arkansasonline.com (Sep. 12, 2020).