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FORMER EMC EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO 42 MONTHS FOR STEALING AND SELLING OVER $925,000 WORTH OF EMC COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A North Carolina man was sentenced to 42 months in prison for stealing high-tech computer equipment from his former employer, EMC Corporation, and selling it to a purchaser in Massachusetts.

KEVIN KELLY, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William G. Young to 42 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. KELLY was also ordered to pay $929,891 in restitution and $929,891 in forfeiture, and agreed to forfeit a Chevrolet Corvette, a Polaris Sportsman ATV and a John Deere tractor. On January 6, 2011, KELLY had pleaded guilty earlier, to wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property, and aggravated identity theft.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proven that KELLY worked in the North Carolina factory of EMC Corporation, a large manufacturer of computer equipment headquartered in Massachusetts. From 2000 through 2009, KELLY stole approximately $929,891 worth of equipment from the factory by concealing EMC equipment in a small bag as he left work. KELLY sold the stolen equipment over the Internet using the identity of a friend without the friend's knowledge.

United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with help from EMC. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott L. Garland of Ortiz’s Computer Crimes Unit.

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