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JULY 27, 2011

BOSTON, Mass...A Brockton man was sentenced today in federal court for stealing high-tech computer equipment from his former employer and selling it in Massachusetts.

MARK ROTHFUSS, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner to 36 months of probation, the first 6 months in home confinement with electronic monitoring. Judge Gertner also ordered ROTHFUSS to pay restitution in the amount of $109,425.50. ROTHFUSS pleaded guilty on April 26, 2011 to an information charging him with wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property.

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 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 of Massachusetts. ROTHFUSS sold approximately $107,500 worth of stolen equipment, and agents seized additional stolen equipment from ROTHFUSS’s house.

United States 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 made the announcement. The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with help from EMC. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott L. Garland and Amy Harman Burkart of Ortiz’s Cybercrimes Unit.



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