MS worker 'ran' $17m software racket

Tuesday, 24 June 2003, 5:25 PM EST

A Microsoft worker has been charged with stealing $17 million of software from Microsoft's internal store in the second case of its type in recent months.

Richard Gregg, 43, and a Windows program co-ordinator, has pleaded not guilty to 62 counts of mail and computer fraud, The Seattle Times reports. Each mail fraud charge can be punished by up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. Gregg, who denies the charges, has been released on bail.

From January to October 2002, Gregg allegedly ordered 5,436 copies of software such as Windows XP, SQL Server, Exchange and Office with retail prices over $17 million which he subsequently resold, The Seattle Times reports.

According to the paper, Microsoft fired Gregg last December after mounting an investigation into how some workers were making money on the side by running a black-market software racket out of Microsoft's own Redmond campus.

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