Microsoft employee jailed for software theft

A former Microsoft employee has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing £10m-worth of software products and selling them on.

A former Microsoft employee has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing £10m-worth of software products and selling them on.

Finn Contini, a former Microsoft group assistant, was also given three years’ probation when he gets out, and the Seattle, Washington court ordered him to forfeit around $1m (£600,000) in assets.

Contini used Microsoft's online ordering system to receive free Microsoft software. The company allows employees to receive free software for business purposes providing they get approval from a supervisor.

However, Contini and others found a glitch in the ordering system which allowed them to order thousands of software products without approval.

The court heard that over a two-and-a-half-year period Contini ordered 5,400 software products with an estimated retail value of $17m (£10m).

Contini and the others, who were previously sentenced, illegally sold a total of 8,700 products, with an estimated retail value of $32.4m (£19m).

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