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Former eBay executive pleads guilty to harassment campaign involving live insects

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eBay’s former director of worldwide resiliency, David Harville, pleaded responsible to collaborating in a bizarre harassment campaign, which concerned sending dwell cockroaches, spiders, a bloody pig face masks, and different unusual gadgets to a Massachusetts couple (by way of The Guardian). Harville is the final of seven eBay staff to plead responsible to harassing and stalking the pair.

In 2020, the Division of Justice (DOJ) charged former eBay employees Harville, James Baugh, Stephanie Popp, Brian Gilbert, Stephanie Stockwell, Veronica Zea, and Philip Cooke with devising a harassment marketing campaign focusing on Ina and David Steiner, the publishers behind the EcommerceBytes e-newsletter. The group’s scheme was meant to intimidate the Steiners over their publication’s unfavorable protection of eBay. It not solely concerned harassing the Steiners on Twitter and doxing their tackle on-line, however later escalated to mailing grotesque gadgets to their dwelling and in-person surveillance.

Harville pleaded responsible to 5 felony counts throughout a video name with a Boston federal court docket decide on Thursday. In accordance with the original filing, Harville allegedly took a flight from California to Boston with the intent of driving to the Steiner’s dwelling, breaking into their storage, and attaching a GPS monitoring gadget to their automobile. Harville wasn’t the one higher-up concerned, both — Popp served as eBay’s former senior supervisor of worldwide intelligence, Gilbert was the ex-senior supervisor of particular operations, Baugh labored as eBay’s senior director of security and safety, and Stockwell was a former supervisor for the corporate’s International Intelligence Middle.

In April, Baugh pleaded guilty in reference to the harassment scheme and faces as much as 20 years in jail — his sentencing takes place on September twenty ninth, 2022. Popp, Stockwell, Gilbert, and Cooke all pleaded responsible in 2020. Cooke was subsequently sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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