Investigations are ongoing in the case of former eBay auctioneers who harassed a married couple of bloggers from Natick, Massachusetts, who published unflattering articles about eBay.
Let me remind you that the employees of the auction literally terrorized the spouses, sending them live cockroaches and funeral wreaths, as well as sending messages with threats. EBay tried to get the Massachusetts couple to stop posting negative articles by all means, and all the money went into action. It got to the point that eBay employees enlisted the support of a former police officer and installed surveillance of the bloggers' house, planned to break into their garage and put a "beacon" on the car.
We told about this strange story in full detail in June 2020. Then the US Department of Justice announced the arrest of two ex-eBay executives: 45-year-old James Baugh (former senior director of security and safety at eBay) and 48-year-old David Harville (former director of eBay global sustainability). Both were charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to pressure witnesses.
Also in this case are four other former employees of the auction. They were not taken into custody, but they were also charged with similar charges, these are: Stephanie Popp (former senior manager of eBay), Stephanie Stockwell (former manager of eBay Global Intelligence Center), Veronica Zia (former eBay contractor, who worked as an analyst at the Global Intelligence Center) as well as Brian Gilbert (former Senior Special Operations Manager at the Global Security Team).
Later, in July 2020, the list of suspects also replenished Philip Cooke, 55, is a retired Santa Clara police captain who helped eBay employees intimidate bloggers and then organize real spying on them, not online, but in reality.
Each of the charges carries a prison sentence of up to five years, as well as a fine of up to $ 250,000 and damages.
Journalists The register write that this week the Massachusetts attorney's office announced that four former eBay employees (namely Stephanie Popp, Stephanie Stockwell, Brian Gilbert and Veronica Zia) are planning to plead guilty at a hearing scheduled for October 8, 2020 (hearings are held in videoconference format from – for a pandemic). Former leaders continue to deny their guilt.
Interestingly, former eBay CEO Devin Wenig left the company just as other employees involved in the persecution of the couple were fired. Although his name does not appear in the lawsuit and court papers, eBay confirmed that it was he who was designated in court documents as "Executive 1", that is, the man who gave the direct order to "destroy her" (talking about a woman who wrote articles with criticism eBay).
Under the pseudonym "Executive 2" the papers also referred to former eBay communications director Steve Wymer, as reported by Bloomberg. He also participated in the incident and was eventually fired from the company. However, neither Wenig nor Wymer is charged with any crime.
"An internal investigation showed that although Mr. Wenig's messages were inappropriate, there is no evidence that he knew in advance or authorized actions that were subsequently directed at the blogger and her husband," eBay commented over the summer.