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FORMER MICROSOFT EMPLOYEE CONVICTED OF WIRE FRAUD AND USE OF FALSE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2005

FRANK PHILIPS, 45, of DeSoto, Texas, was convicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle of ten counts of Wire Fraud and one count of Use of a False Social Security Number. At the week-long trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence that PHILIPS used his position as a Microsoft employee to steal software from company offices and to use the company's internal ordering system to order large amounts of software. PHILIPS then sold the software first on e-bay and then to software retailers. PHILIPS gained more than $100,000 which he used for his personal expenses.

PHILIPS was hired at Microsoft in 2000 using a false social security number. PHILIPS had been sentenced in December of 1999 for Social Security Fraud for submitting to the FAA an application for an Airman Certificate, in which, in order to conceal his identity - i.e., the prior revocation of his Airman Certificate - Philips listed a false social security number. PHILIPS used a different false Social Security number with Microsoft and claimed he had never been convicted of a felony.

PHILIPS was taken into custody immediately following the guilty verdict. He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman on October 7, 2005, at 1:30 p.m.

The case was jointly investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Social Security Administration, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lisca Borichewski and Arlen Storm.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington at (206) 553-4110.

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