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Lego scammer sentence: 30 days in prison, at-home custody

Original post made on Sep 5, 2013

A former Palo Alto tech industry vice president was sentenced by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge on Thursday to six months in custody for switching price tags on boxes of Legos .

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 5, 2013, 2:43 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by parent, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

This is essentially a shoplifting case, right? How often do shoplifters get jail sentences like this?


Posted by Wes, a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

I don't know the stats, but my young & dumb nephew got similar time on actual shoplifting charges. Seems like they went easy for a burglary conviction.


Posted by O. Henry, a resident of Castro City
on Sep 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

30 days? I wonder what he'll do to pass the time. If only he had some Legos.


Posted by Grandpa, a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Creating phony bar codes on a computer is not simple shoplifiting, and it wasn't done by a juvenile. The guy just figured he could get away with it. Who knows what else he did or would have done. There should be consequences for that kind of behavior.


Posted by CopperC, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Poor reporting. He was a) unemployed b) doing this over and over. Other news reports say "Langenbach made more than $30,000 selling Legos on eBay, where he did business under the seller name "Tomsbrickyard." His former job is not all that relevant.


Posted by timo, a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 7, 2013 at 2:05 am

If his last name was Sanchez or Gonzalez he probably would have got the five years. U know he only asked for "gym time " as a way of mocking the system. He'll do it again, of that u can be sure, but he'll be more cautious next time by going farther away to different stores. The justice system is everything but just.


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