FORMER EMC EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING AND SELLING OVER $925,000 IN STOLEN EMC COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
BOSTON, Mass. - A North Carolina man pleaded guilty today in federal court on charges related to the theft and sale of high-tech equipment from his former employer, EMC Corporation.
U.S. Attorney Carmen M. 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, announced today that KEVIN KELLY, 33, pleaded guilty before U. S. District Judge William G. Young to an information charging him with wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property and aggravated identity theft.
At today’s 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. The charges also allege that KELLY sold the stolen equipment over the Internet using the identity of a friend without the friend's knowledge.
KELLY's largest customer for the equipment has been charged federally in a separate case.
Judge Young scheduled sentencing for April 7, 2011. KELLY faces up to 32 years of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gain or loss, whichever is highest, restitution and forfeiture.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with assistance from EMC. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott L. Garland of Ortiz’s Computer Crimes Unit.