Ex-eBay manager jailed for cyberstalking critical bloggers • The Register

Two now-former eBay executives who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking charges earlier this year have been fined tens of thousands of dollars.

James BaughEx-Senior Director of Safety and Security at Internet Tat Bazaar, was sentenced to nearly five years – 57 months – behind bars plus two years of supervised release and a $40,000 fine for assaulting Ina and David Steiner both electronically and physically had molested. who produce EcommerceBytes, an eBay-critical website and newsletter.

David HarvilleeBay’s former director of global resilience, has been sentenced to two years in prison plus two years of supervised release and a $20,000 fine for his role in what prosecutors say was a harassment campaign against the Steiners.

Harville and Baugh were convicted while eBay employees harass the couple on Twitter; anonymous deliveries to the journalists containing a fetal pig, a funeral wreath and live insects; Posting Craigslist ads for sex parties at the couple’s home; and eventually flying across the country in 2019 to spy on the couple and attach a GPS tracker to their car.

eBay fired Baugh, Harville and five co-defendants – also eBay employees – the year after news of the harassment campaign reached senior executives. Of the seven arrested in 2020 for their roles in the intimidation operation, only Harville and Bough have pleaded innocent, with the rest admitting their crimes, although both men changed their guilty pleas earlier this year.

Harville and Bough were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to stalk through interstate travel and interstate commerce facilities, two counts of stalking through interstate travel and two counts of stalking through interstate commerce facilities.

Baugh was also convicted of two counts of witness tampering and two counts of destruction, alteration and falsification of records in a federal investigation.

One of Harville and Baugh’s co-defendants was sentenced to 18 months in a cooler last July while the others are still awaiting sentencing.

eCommerceByes back with civil suit

Ina Steiner wrote about Harville and Baugh’s conviction on eCommerceBytes and said she and her husband had filed a lawsuit civil proceedings against eBay, former CEO Devin Wenig and former Chief Communications Officer Steve Wymer, who alleged that the male couple were pulling the strings of Harville, Baugh and their co-conspirators. Specifically, the Steiners filed a lawsuit against the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) against those involved.

That RICO law was known to be used to disrupt the influence of the Italian mafia and was also used to bring charges against FIFA and other organizations that are allegedly not criminal organizations.

According to complaint [PDF]”Defendants Wenig and Wymer have granted the other defendants power of attorney to cease reporting on the Steiners by any means necessary.”

The Steiners are demanding financial relief for their years of eBay harassment, with the amount to be determined in court. There has been a variety of activity in the case since its filing last year, including multiple attempts by eBay to dismiss the case and multiple requests for extensions of filing deadlines. No trial date has been set. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/30/ebay_execs_jailed_cyberstalking/ Ex-eBay manager jailed for cyberstalking critical bloggers • The Register

Laura Coffey

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