For Immediate Release - August 01, 2013

Former Hewlett-Packard Employee Pleads Guilty, Sentenced in Connection with Reselling Fraudulently Obtained Computer Parts

Defendant Defrauded Company Out of Nearly $288,000

BOSTON – A former employee of Hewlett-Packard (HP) has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with fraudulently obtaining computer parts and then reselling them for his own profit, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today. He defrauded HP out of nearly $288,000.

Frank M. Stanley, age 39, of Fall River, pleaded guilty yesterday in Bristol Superior Court on the charge of Larceny over $250 by a Single Scheme. After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre sentenced Stanley to two-and-a-half years in the House of Correction, suspended for a probationary period of 10 years. Judge McIntyre also ordered that he pay restitution, including at least $500 per month as a condition of his probation.

“This defendant is being held accountable for defrauding HP out of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” AG Coakley said. “He sold unauthorized parts he ordered from HP in order to make a profit personally.”

The AG’s Office began an investigation after HP found potential impropriety during an internal investigation. Stanley was an HP Technical Support Representative, who worked primarily from his home.

The investigation revealed that between November 2009 and March 2012, Stanley ordered more than 150 unauthorized computer server central processing units. He then shipped those units to a contact in California in return for payments via the Internet. He defrauded HP out of nearly $288,000.

A Bristol Grand Jury returned indictments against Stanley on May 3. He was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on May 23. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Wednesday.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Timothy Wyse of AG Coakley’s Cyber Crime Division, with assistance from State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and the AG’s Computer Forensics Lab.

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