SECURITY GUARD ADMITS STEALING MORE THAN $370,000 IN COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE FROM SHELTON COMPANY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that GABRIELLE QUINONES, 28, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty yesterday, March 21, before United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of interstate transportation of stolen merchandise. The charge stems from QUINONES’ theft of more than $370,000 in computer equipment and software from PerkinElmer of Shelton.
According to court documents and statements made in court, QUINONES was employed by Securitas Security Services as a private security guard. In 2009, while he was stationed at PerkinElmer’s office complex in Shelton, QUINONES stole $379,065 in proprietary software, laptop and desktop computers, and related computer equipment from the company’s warehouse. QUINONES listed the stolen merchandise for sale on the Internet auction site eBay and sold the items to purchasers in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Judge Arterton has scheduled sentencing for June 14, 2012, at which time QUINONES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of up to $250,000 and an order of full restitution to PerkinElmer.
This investigation has been conducted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes members of the United States Secret Service; the United States Postal Inspection Service; the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security; the Connecticut State Police; and the Glastonbury, Greenwich, Hartford, New Haven and Shelton Police Departments. PerkinElmer assisted the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hal Chen.
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