Ex-eBay exec gets nearly five years in prison over stalking scheme

A former eBay government was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for sending stay spiders, cockroaches, a funeral wreath and different disturbing packages to harass a pair who ran a web-based publication that criticized the company.

James Baugh, the e-tailer’s former senior director of security and safety, on Thursday was given 57 months in a Boston federal courtroom in the scheme that noticed seven different ex-employees plead responsible. Among these was David Harville, eBay’s former director of worldwide resilience, who acquired a two-year sentence.

“This was a bizarre, premeditated assault on our lives, with buy-in at the highest levels of eBay,” David Steiner, one of many victims, instructed the decide.

Steiner and his spouse, Ina, have run a commerce publication referred to as eCommerceBytes for over twenty years. The outlet turned a platform for web shoppers to voice complaints about web sites like eBay, Amazon and Etsy.

In 2019, Ina wrote an article on the positioning about eBay suing Amazon for poaching its sellers that was seen as vital of eBay.

Seven different former eBay workers pleaded responsible in weird plot to terrorize a pair who ran a web-based publication that criticized the company.

Court paperwork revealed that half-hour after that article was revealed, then-eBay CEO Devin Wenig despatched an e mail to an government studying, “If you are ever going to take her down … now is the time.”

Shortly afterward, the Boston-based couple reported being stalked by eBay executives who parked a black van outdoors their home, tried to interrupt into their storage, and despatched threatening deliveries to their dwelling like stay bugs and a guide about surviving the lack of a partner.

David Steiner testified that the company made their lives “a living hell” and that it should be held accountable in order to cease them from doing the identical factor to different journalists that report on eBay.

Baugh, who the courtroom recognized because the mastermind of the scheme, apologized to the couple earlier than his sentencing.

“I take 100% responsibility for this, and there is no excuse for what I have done,” Baugh mentioned. “The bottom line is simply this: If I had done the right thing and been strong enough to make the right choice, we wouldn’t be here today, and for that, I am truly sorry.”

Wenig, who left eBay in 2019, has denied any wrongdoing and has not confronted any legal prices. However, the couple has filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to the previous CEO. Wenig has denied any data of the harassment marketing campaign.

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