Monday, July 4, 2005

Even Microsoft Messes Up Sometimes, Too

Frank Philips, a former Microsoft employee, was convicted on Friday, July 1, of ten counts of wire fraud and one count of using a false social security number related to a scheme to steal software from the company and then sell it on eBay.  Philips made over $100,000 from his scheme.  This wasn't Philips' first brush with the law, however, a fact that Microsoft apparently missed when it hired him.  According to a press release (here) issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington (Seattle): "PHILIPS was hired at Microsoft in 2000 using a false social security number. PHILIPS had been sentenced in December of 1999 for Social Security Fraud for submitting to the FAA an application for an Airman Certificate, in which, in order to conceal his identity - i.e., the prior revocation of his Airman Certificate - Philips listed a false social security number. PHILIPS used a different false Social Security number with Microsoft and claimed he had never been convicted of a felony."  What a shock that he didn't disclose that pesky little felony conviction, and perhaps a little bit more thorough background check might have brought the problem to light before Microsoft took the hit. (ph)

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