Thomas Langenbach, a former VP with SAP, was sentenced in California this week after being arrested in May. He was printing his own bar codes for expensive LEGO sets, except his bar codes gave him one hell of a discount. He'd then buy the sets at his own discounted price then sell them on eBay for a huge profit. For example, a couple of his bar codes scored him a $279 Millennium Falcon set for just $49, and a $90 Anakin set for around $35. I don't know about the rest of you, but whenever I see the Millennium Falcon set in stores, it's usually around $150. So I have no idea where he was shopping.
I suppose there wasn't a single store clerk out there who was familiar enough with these products to recognize something fishy just passed over their scanner. I mean damn, over an 80% discount on a Millennium Falcon set...that didn't seem strange to any of them?
Langenbach's eBay account from this crooked business venture generated around $30,000 in about a month, before he was arrested. He copped a plea bargain and avoided a possible 5 year prison sentence. He'll now serve 30 days in a county jail, 6 months in custody, and 3 years on probation. That's a far cry from 5 years in prison.
I guess his salary as a VP in a major business software corporation just wasn't cutting it.