eBay’s former director of global resilience, David Harville, pleaded guilty to participating in a bizarre harassment campaign in which live cockroaches, spiders, a bloody pig face mask, and other strange items were sent to a Massachusetts couple (via The guard). Harville is the latest of seven eBay employees to plead guilty to molesting and stalking the couple.
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 developing a harassment campaign against Ina and David Steiner, the publishers behind the EcommerceBytes Newsletter. The group’s scheme was intended to intimidate the Steiners because of their publication’s negative coverage of eBay. It didn’t just involve harassing the Steiners on Twitter and doxing their address online, but later escalated to sending grotesque articles to their homes and personally monitoring them.
Harville pleaded guilty to five counts Thursday during a video call with a Boston federal court judge. According to the original filing, Harville allegedly took a flight from California to Boston with the intention of driving to the Steiners’ home, breaking into their garage, and installing a GPS tracking device on their vehicle. Harville wasn’t the only high-level contributor either — Popp was formerly eBay’s senior manager of global intelligence, Gilbert was a former senior manager of special operations, Baugh served as eBay’s senior director of security, and Stockwell was a former manager of the company’s Global Intelligence Center.
In April, Baugh pleaded guilty to charges related to the harassment program and faces up to 20 years in prison with a sentencing date of September 29, 2022. Popp, Stockwell, Gilbert and Cooke all pleaded guilty in 2020. Cooke was subsequently sentenced to 18 months in prison.
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