eBay Nutcase of the Week: BT engineer given nine-month sentence for selling stolen equipment

Broadband, Computers, Internet

bt-engineer-ebay-theft.jpgPoor old Qamar Masood-Mirza was said to have been running an “unsophisticated” operation, in which he nicked equipment he was supposed to be installing in people’s homes in order to sell it on eBay.

BT colleagues suspected him of selling the “internet connection equipment” and looked for it on eBay – they found it and tracked Qamar down from his eBay ID, which he’d rather amateurishly registered using his real details. The BT engineer made himself a £3k profit flogging stuff he’d nicked from his employers – money he’s been ordered to repay in return for his nine-month prison sentence for theft being suspended.

He was ordered to pay £3,207.40 back to BT and £474 in court costs, and will be made to do 250 hours of community service – which we’d hope he’ll be spending setting up routers for the elderly.

(Via The Slough Express)

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  • Actually, as one of his former colleagues, setting up routers for the elderly isn’t much different to what his paid work was before. Only now thanks to his little enterprise he gets nothing for it other than paying off the debt from Her Majesty…

  • So for nicking over 3 grand’s worth of stuff his punishment is losing a couple of month’s of evenings and weekends? Wow, BIG deterrent.
    Now, can I fit that 8 core SPARC machine in the boot of my car…

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