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FORMER EMC EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING AND SELLING STOLEN EMC COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Brockton man pleaded guilty today in federal court for stealing high-tech equipment from his former employer, EMC Corporation, and selling it in Massachusetts.

MARK ROTHFUSS, 47, of Brockton, pleaded guilty today before U. S. District Judge Nancy Gertner to an information charging him with wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property.

At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proved that from 2007 through 2009, ROTHFUSS stole multiple pieces of computer equipment from EMC Corporation, a large manufacturer of computer equipment headquartered in Massachusetts. ROTHFUSS had worked for EMC as a repair and service person, and stole EMC-manufactured equipment when going out on service calls. ROTHFUSS then sold the stolen equipment over the Internet to customers inside and outside Massachusetts. The parties’ plea agreement states that ROTHFUSS sold approximately $107,500 worth of stolen equipment, and that agents seized additional stolen equipment from ROTHFUSS’s house. One of ROTHFUSS’s equipment customers was charged federally in a separate case.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 27, 2011. ROTHFUSS faces up to 30 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release; a fine of $250,000 or twice the gain or loss, whichever is highest; restitution; and forfeiture.

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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott L. Garland of Ortiz’s Computer Crimes Unit.

 

 

 

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