Friday, 09 Dec 2022

Ebay executive given nearly five years for terrorizing couple reporting on firm

Ebay executive given nearly five years for terrorizing couple reporting on firm


Ebay executive given nearly five years for terrorizing couple reporting on firm

A former eBay executive was sentenced on Thursday to almost five years in prison for leading a scheme to terrorize the creators of an online newsletter that included sending live spiders, cockroaches, a funeral wreath and other disturbing deliveries to their home.

Another former eBay executive, David Harville, was sentenced later on Thursday to two years behind bars for his role in the scheme targeting David and Ina Steiner, the publisher and reporter who angered executives with coverage of the company in their newsletter, eCommerceBytes.

Wenig, who stepped down as CEO in 2019, was not criminally charged in the case but faces a civil lawsuit from the couple. He has denied any knowledge of the harassment campaign.

The Steiners say the terror campaign stole their sense of safety and caused devastating consequences to their business and finances.

Both Baugh and Harville apologized to the Steiners for their actions before their sentences were handed down. Baugh told the Steiners he hopes that they will forgive him some day.

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