Former eBay executive pleads guilty to harassment campaign involving live insects

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eBay’s erstwhile manager of planetary resiliency, David Harville, pleaded blameworthy to taking portion successful a bizarre harassment campaign, which progressive sending unrecorded cockroaches, spiders, a bloody pig look mask, and different unusual items to a Massachusetts mates (via The Guardian). Harville is the past of 7 eBay employees to plead blameworthy to harassing and stalking the pair.

In 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) charged erstwhile eBay employees Harville, James Baugh, Stephanie Popp, Brian Gilbert, Stephanie Stockwell, Veronica Zea, and Philip Cooke with devising a harassment run targeting Ina and David Steiner, the publishers down the EcommerceBytes newsletter. The group’s strategy was meant to intimidate the Steiners implicit their publication’s antagonistic sum of eBay. It not lone progressive harassing the Steiners connected Twitter and doxing their code online, but aboriginal escalated to mailing grotesque items to their location and in-person surveillance.

Harville pleaded blameworthy to 5 felony counts during a video telephone with a Boston national tribunal justice connected Thursday. According to the original filing, Harville allegedly took a formation from California to Boston with the intent of driving to the Steiner’s home, breaking into their garage, and attaching a GPS tracking instrumentality to their vehicle. Harville wasn’t the lone higher-up involved, either — Popp served arsenic eBay’s erstwhile elder manager of planetary intelligence, Gilbert was the ex-senior manager of peculiar operations, Baugh worked arsenic eBay’s elder manager of information and security, and Stockwell was a erstwhile manager for the company’s Global Intelligence Center.

In April, Baugh pleaded guilty successful transportation with the harassment strategy and faces up to 20 years successful situation — his sentencing takes spot connected September 29th, 2022. Popp, Stockwell, Gilbert, and Cooke each pleaded blameworthy successful 2020. Cooke was subsequently sentenced to 18 months successful prison.

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