Two former eBay executives have been sentenced to jail after pleading responsible in regard to a cyberstalking marketing campaign aimed toward a pair who edited and revealed a publication criticizing the web retailer.
James Baugh was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in jail and two years of supervised launch, in addition to being ordered to pay a $40,000 tremendous, the US Division of Justice stated Thursday. David Harville was sentenced to 2 years in jail and two years of supervised launch and ordered to pay a $20,000 tremendous.
Baugh, eBay’s former senior director of security and safety, and Harville, former director of worldwide resiliency, had been arrested in June 2020 and charged with cyberstalking a pair. Based on the Justice Division, Harville, Baugh and 5 different former eBay staff harassed a husband and spouse between Aug. 5, 2019, and Sept. 6, 2019, by sending them threatening messages, a field of dwell cockroaches, a funeral wreath, a guide on surviving the dying of a partner and a bloody pig masks, in addition to inserting a GPS tracker on their automotive.
On-line harassment concerned tweets that included the victims’ residence tackle, and Craigslist postings inviting individuals to expertise sexual encounters on the victims’ residence, the Justice Division stated.
Baugh pleaded responsible in April to at least one rely of conspiracy to commit stalking by way of interstate journey and amenities of interstate commerce; two counts of stalking by way of interstate journey; two counts of stalking by way of amenities of interstate commerce; two counts of witness tampering; and two counts of destruction, alteration and falsification of information in a federal investigation.
Harville pleaded responsible in Might to at least one rely of conspiracy to commit stalking by way of interstate journey and amenities of interstate commerce; two counts of stalking by way of interstate journey; and two counts of stalking by way of amenities of interstate commerce.
Baugh and Harville “weaponized eBay’s safety division to interact in an extremely disturbing sample of retaliatory harassment and intimidation to torment this couple,” Joseph R. Bonavolonta, particular agent accountable for the FBI Boston Division, stated in a press release Thursday.
5 different former eBay staff have likewise pleaded responsible for serving to within the cyberstalking marketing campaign. One was sentenced in July 2021 to 18 months in jail, whereas the 4 others await sentencing.
eBay did not instantly reply to a request for remark, however in 2020 the corporate stated it had launched an inside investigation and fired the staff after legislation enforcement notified eBay about “suspicious actions by its safety personnel towards a blogger, who writes concerning the firm, and her husband.”