eBay’s former director of worldwide resiliency, David Harville, pleaded guilty to participating in a bizarre harassment campaign, which concerned sending live cockroaches, spiders, a bloody pig face masks, and different unusual gadgets to a Massachusetts couple (through The Guardian). Harville is the final of seven eBay workers to plead guilty to harassing and stalking the pair.
In 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) charged former eBay employees Harville, James Baugh, Stephanie Popp, Brian Gilbert, Stephanie Stockwell, Veronica Zea, and Philip Cooke with devising a harassment campaign focusing on Ina and David Steiner, the publishers behind the EcommerceBytes publication. The group’s scheme was meant to intimidate the Steiners over their publication’s adverse protection of eBay. It not solely concerned harassing the Steiners on Twitter and doxing their tackle on-line, however later escalated to mailing grotesque gadgets to their dwelling and in-person surveillance.
Harville pleaded guilty to 5 felony counts throughout a video name with a Boston federal court docket choose on Thursday. According to the original filing, Harville allegedly took a flight from California to Boston with the intent of driving to the Steiner’s dwelling, breaking into their storage, and attaching a GPS monitoring gadget to their car. Harville wasn’t the one higher-up concerned, both — Popp served as eBay’s former senior supervisor of worldwide intelligence, Gilbert was the ex-senior supervisor of particular operations, Baugh labored as eBay’s senior director of security and safety, and Stockwell was a former supervisor for the corporate’s Global Intelligence Center.
In April, Baugh pleaded guilty in reference to the harassment scheme and faces up to 20 years in jail — his sentencing takes place on September twenty ninth, 2022. Popp, Stockwell, Gilbert, and Cooke all pleaded guilty in 2020. Cooke was subsequently sentenced to 18 months in prison.