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Submission + - Verizon Tech given 4-year federal prison sentence for $4.5M Equipment Scam (ajc.com)

McGruber writes: Michael Baxter, the network engineer at the southeastern regional headquarters of Verizon Wireless that submitted hundreds of fraudulent service requests to Cisco (SLASHDOT Article from December 12, 2011: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/12/12/0431246/verizon-tech-charged-in-45m-equipment-scam), has been sentenced to four years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Baxter was also ordered to pay $2.3 million in restitution to Cisco Systems, and $462,828 in restitution to Verizon.

Instead of placing the replacement parts into service in the Verizon Wireless network, Baxter took the parts home and sold them to third-party re-sellers for his own profit. He used the money to buy cars, jewelry and multiple cosmetic surgeries for his girlfriend.

DRM

Submission + - Comedian Louis C.K. profits from DRM-free $5 inter (nytimes.com)

McGruber writes: Over a four-day period, Comedian Louis C.K. sold 110,000 copies of an internet-only comedy special. This special is only available from his website.

For $5, purchasers receive "two downloads and two streams of the performance, which was filmed during the New York Comedy Festival in November." The downloads are DRM-free.

There is more information in this statement (https://buy.louisck.net/statement) posted on his website.

I look forward to seeing more artists and performers choosing to bypass the content distribution cartels!

Verizon

Submission + - Verizon Tech steals $4.5 million by making false w (ajc.com) 1

McGruber writes: Michael Baker, a 62-year-old man from Ball Ground, Georgia, was recently arrested and charged with multiple counts of fraud.

As a network engineer at the southeastern regional headquarters of Verizon Wireless, Baker allegedly submitted hundreds of fraudulent service requests to Cisco. According to prosecutors, "The service requests were fraudulent in that no parts needed to be replaced, and instead of placing the replacement parts into service in Verizon Wireless network, Baxter simply took them home and sold them to third-party re-sellers for his own profit."

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