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Only one former eBay employee has yet to be convicted in Natick harassment case

BOSTON — One of two former eBay employees sentenced for stalk and harass a Natick couple due to negative articles they wrote and posted online on the global auction website were convicted.

U.S. District Court Judge William Young sentenced Veronica Zea, 28, of San Jose, Calif., to two years probation on Thursday. The first year must be served at home and she must pay a fine of $5,000.

Zea, a former intelligence analyst at eBay’s Global Intelligence Center, pleaded guilty in October 2020 to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses.

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The victims were Ina and David Steiner, who run an e-commerce information website called E-Commercebytes. They had posted articles criticizing eBay, which angered eBay officials.

Led by James Baugh, eBay’s former senior director of safety and security, a group of employees began harassing the Steiners, terrorizing the couple in 2019.

The incidents involved sending objects such as live insects and spiders to the Steiners’ home, along with a pig fetus and other disturbing objects.

The group also harassed the couple online, creating fake Twitter accounts to threaten them and posting an advertisement for a sex party at their home on Craigslist, listing their name and address.

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Zea, Baugh and another co-accused traveled in August 2019 from California to Natick to put the victims under surveillance and attempted to install a GPS tracking device on their vehicle. The Steiners saw them and called the police.

All known participants in the harassment case have pleaded guilty. A final co-conspirator, Brian Gilbert, is awaiting sentencing.

The Steiners filed a federal lawsuit against all of the co-defendants, as well as eBay and several current and former executives.

Norman Miller can be reached at 508-626-3823 or [email protected] For the latest public safety news, follow him on Twitter @Norman_MillerMW or on Facebook at facebook.com/NormanMillerCrime.

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