Former Amazon employee is facing 20 years in prison for stealing $270k of computer parts

An ex-Amazon employee is facing 20 years in prison after admitting to stealing $273,000 worth of computer parts and selling them to a wholesaler.

Douglas Wright, 27, plead guilty to mail fraud charges for stealing valuable computer parts including hard drives, processors and GPUs when he worked as an operations manager at an Amazon warehouse in North Carolina, according to the US Department of Justice.

Wright accessed the Amazon inventory-tracking systems to locate the specific, high value, packages which he then took home and sold to a computer wholesaler in California, between June 2020 and September last year the case’s prosecutors said.

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The maximum sentence for mail fraud includes a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

These sorts of cases are familiar to the US Justice Department, with a Virginia man pleading guilty to a scheme where he claimed refunds on goods worth $300,000 and sending back similar items back for a lesser value.

Another ex-Amazon employee in North Carolina plead guilty to conducting over 300 fraudulent transactions with the company over four years, costing the ecommerce giant around $290,000.

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