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Ex-eBay executives jailed for nearly 5 years after sending threatening messages and delivering fetal pig to couple’s home

eBay executives viewed David and Ina Steiner’s newsletter as critical of the company.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

  • Two former eBay executives were sentenced to prison on Thursday for harassing a couple.

  • The couple published a newsletter seen as critical of the company.

  • The two men and their accomplices sent deliveries to the couple’s homeincluding a pig foetus.

Two former eBay executives were sentenced to prison on Thursday for participating in the harassment of an editor and publisher of a newsletter, eCommercebytes.

James Baugh, former director of safety and security at eBay, and David Harville, former director of global resilience at eBay, have both pleaded guilty to the charges, according to a Press release of the United States Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.

Baugh was sentenced to 57 months in prison, and Harville was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, in accordance with the release.

As Insider’s Dominick Reuter reported in May, the harassment took place in 2019. In addition to sending threatening messages, the two men and their co-conspirators sent deliveries to David and Ina Steiner’s home including a book on surviving the death of a spouse, a bloody pig mask, a fetal pig, a funeral wreath and live insects. They also invited people to visit the couple’s home for sexual encounters via Craigslist.

Baugh and Harville had targeted the Steiners because they believed their newsletter had criticized eBay, according to the press release.

EBay did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.

Rachael S. Rollins, the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts, said in the press release, “The toxic brand of online and real-world harassment, threats and harassment by defendants was outrageous, cruel and defies explanation, especially since these men were seasoned, highly paid security executives backed by the resources of a Fortune 500 company.”

Read the original article at Business Intern

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