Former eBay executive pleads guilty to harassment campaign involving live insects

eBay’s former director of global resilience David Harville has pleaded guilty to participating in a bizarre harassment campaign, which included sending live cockroaches, spiders, a bloody pig mask and other items strange to a couple from Massachusetts (via The Guardian). Harville is the latest of seven eBay employees to plead guilty to harassing and harassing the couple.

In 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) accused former eBay employees Harville, James Baugh, Stephanie Popp, Brian Gilbert, Stephanie Stockwell, Veronica Zea, and Philip Cooke of engineering a harassment campaign targeting Ina and David Steiner, the editors behind the EcommerceBytes newsletter. The group’s scheme was intended to intimidate the Steiners about negative eBay coverage by their post. This not only involved harassing the Steiners on Twitter and doxing their address online, but then escalated into sending preposterous articles to their homes and surveillance in person.

Harville pleaded guilty to five counts in a video call with a federal court judge in Boston on Thursday. 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 attaching a GPS tracking device to their vehicle. Harville wasn’t the only senior involved either – Popp was eBay’s former senior director of global intelligence, Gilbert was the former senior director of special operations, Baugh worked as senior director of safety and security. of eBay, and Stockwell was a former director of the company’s Global Intelligence Center.

In April, Baugh pleaded guilty to the stalking scheme and faces up to 20 years in prison – his sentencing takes place on September 29, 2022. Popp, Stockwell, Gilbert and Cooke all pleaded guilty in 2020. Cooke went on to was sentenced to 18 months in prison.


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