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Microsoft employee accused of squirrelling software in exchange for status symbols

Fraudulent conversion alleged
Thu Dec 12 2002, 22:10
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A REPORT IN LOCAL WASHINGTON STATE newspaper, the Seattle Times, said that former Microsoft manager Daniel Feussner -- in charge of search engines at the firm -- was accused of fraudulently converting software for his own ends, from the Vole's funds into his own pocket.

Feussner is accused, said the Times, of fifteen counts of computer fraud, wire and mail fraud, which could land the man 15 years in clink, if he's convicted.

It's alleged he ordered $9 million's worth of Microsoft software, as part of an in-house contract, then resold it, pocketing a pretty penny or two.

The Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) has accused him of buying flash cars, diamante rings, and pretty boats on the proceeds of the alleged fraud.

The man, who worked for Microsoft as a director of retrieval technology, looked after the search engines at the Vole.

Microsoft has an in-house ordering system which it's alleged that Feussner exploited, said the Seattle Times He was dismissed by Redmondia, where the feds arrested him, yesterday when the FBI indictment was delivered to a federal judge.

He is in custody pending further investigation.

This is what the Seattle Times has to say on the case, pending. µ


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