Microsoft Store employee steals $10,000 worth of software, games

By on May 5, 2011, 2:09 PM

A Microsoft Store employee has been accused of stealing and reselling thousands of dollars worth of software. On April 26, 2011, 31-year-old Ulugbek Shodmonov was charged first-degree theft for shoplifting software from Microsoft's Redmond store. Prosecutors state he then resold it online before Microsoft security discovered what he was up to, according to charging documents cited by Seattle PI.

Redmond Police first received a report of the alleged thefts in December 2010. Microsoft said Shodmonov spent nearly all of his yearly allowance at the Redmond campus company store by August 2010. Of course, the point of the company store is to give employees access to Microsoft products at deep discounts (note: I've bought products there before – software is particularly cheap), but they are only allowed to spend a specified amount of their money.

Company investigators identified Shodmonov's eBay account and found that he auctioned off 17 copies of Microsoft software and 18 Xbox 360 games. Shodmonov's purchase history at the company store confirms he bought one copy of Windows 7 Professional, but surveillance of the store showed Shodmonov carrying software out of a closed area at least 22 times. During six visits to the store in October 2010, Shodmonov could be seen on the video taking items out of the locked software room, accessible by employees using their company key cards.

According to the report, a total of $9,900 worth of software was stolen on the days in question, though it is not clear if Shodmonov is suspected of being responsible for the total amount of the thefts. We're not quite sure how he thought he would get away with it.




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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Sounds like the Microsoft Store needs a security patch.

gobbybobby said:

Good one gwailo247 made me chuckle.

Raswan Raswan said:

Always enjoy your wit gwailo.

bakape said:

Indeed, a good laugh gwailo. ^^

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

gwailo247 said:

Sounds like the Microsoft Store needs a security patch.

Haha, nice. What do we have here though? captaincranky's contender for wittiness? :P

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Emil, is this name spelled backwards, "Ulugbek Shodmonov" ?

Let's see a show of hands, how many of you think "Uggy" should go with the "illegal download defense"? That would be, "It wasn't worth paying for, so I stole it"!

Lionvibez said:

one word *****.

Hmm lets steal from my employer then sell it with an Ebay account attached to my credit card so when the cops find out and they will, they come knocking at your door.

Are there any smart criminals left in this world LMAO.

They should force him to pay back the value all the software taken, give back the profits he made and send him to india or china to fix Windows XP pc's for the next 5 years

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Are there any smart criminals left in this world LMAO.

Well hell yeah, you just don't hear about them....

They should force him to pay back the value all the software taken, give back the profits he made and send him to india or china to fix Windows XP pc's for the next 5 years
Either that, or perhaps a job with Foxconn making Crapples......

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

lawfer said:

gwailo247 said:

Sounds like the Microsoft Store needs a security patch.

Haha, nice. What do we have here though? captaincranky's contender for wittiness? :P

More of an apprentice.

ucould2 ucould2 said:

gwailo247 said:

Sounds like the Microsoft Store needs a security patch.

Excelent humor...

However the *news* of a theft from MS left me more than a little mortified because (a) I just bought my first *legit* windows OS / XP 64bit (b) purchased said OS from a US eBayer at an unbelieveably good price

So clearly not a Good News day for me...

T77 T77 said:

gwailo247 said:

Sounds like the Microsoft Store needs a security patch.

Absolutely correct! Probably they could "sandbox" suspicious employees.

Guest said:

still don't see how getting an unbelievably good price on a legit copy of XP, and then you read this article and your "good news" for the day is tainted?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Absolutely correct! Probably they could "sandbox" suspicious employees.
M$'s software engineers playing in a sandbox. Hm, that rather nicely explains Internet Explorer 6. Could it be that it was developed during a "timeout", between drawing "smiley faces" and stealing X-Boxes?

fpsgamerJR62 said:

Did they dump this guy in the Recycle Bin yet ? So hard to find good help these days.

Zen Zen, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Sound like to me this guy created his own version of a Microsoft Windows Service Pack! He put the stuff in a pack, went home and sold it all on-line and got serviced by the proceeds! Sound like this guy went through a whole lot of them, (SP1), (SP2), (SP-Himself), (SP4) and so forth.......

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