James Hopkins, 35, of Telford, Pennsylvania was sentenced on Tuesday to more than two years in prison for stealing more than 900 cellphones and accessories from Verizon and selling them online for a profit.
Hopkins worked as an account executive at a Verizon Wireless store in Trevose, Pa. while the scheme was going on. Between February and November 2009, he placed numerous orders for Verizon Wireless cell phones, handheld devices, and accessories in the names of customers without their knowledge, prosecutors said.
He tried to cover his tracks by having the devices shipped to a relative's home in New Jersey, and manipulating Verizon's computer database to conceal the bogus orders and shipments.
The former Verizon employee stole $328,517 worth Verizon Wireless merchandise, which he sold on eBay for a profit of $272,290.