Google employee charged with grand theft


Editor’s Note:

The name of the defendant in the case described in the news story below has been removed from our online archives, effective March 10, 2017, as a result of a request made of the Mountain View Voice by him on February 16, 2017 citing the court-ordered expungement of his 2009 conviction.

While the Voice is under no legal obligation to do so, our policy is to review such requests and determine whether there is a continuing public interest in making the names of past criminal defendants accessible to Internet search engines.

In this case, the defendant entered into a plea bargain and pleaded “no contest” to a felony charge of Grand Theft (PC 484/487(a)) on Nov. 16, 2009, admitting that he attempted to sell certain Google-owned computer products that the company had issued to him during his employment. He served 120 days on electronic monitoring and was sentenced to two year probation.

According to court records provided to the Voice, on December 3, 2010 the defendant petitioned the court, as allowed under California law (PC 1203.3, 1203.4 and Section 17 PC), to have his probation terminated early, the felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, and then to enter a plea of not guilty. The probation department supported the petition. At a January 13, 2011 hearing, the court granted the petition, then dismissed the charges and ordered his record expunged.

In light of the circumstances of this case, the age of the defendant at the time and the seven years since the conviction, the Voice concluded that continuing to enable Web searches of the defendant’s name to show this story was not in the public interest.

March 10, 2017


A Google employee entrusted with maintaining the Internet giant's server installations countrywide has been arrested for allegedly stealing $80,000 worth of Google's network hardware.

(Name removed), a 28-year-old Mountain View resident, was arrested and charged with grand theft Tuesday. Police spokesperson Liz Wylie said Google investigated (name removed) after being tipped off by a Sacramento equipment trading company that became suspicious when (name removed) allegedly tried to sell the company three pieces of industrial Internet hardware for $25,000.

Google also alleges that (name removed) sold four other pieces of hardware to a San Diego company for $25,000. The total non-street value of the seven pieces of hardware he is alleged to have stolen is estimated to be $80,000, Wylie said.

— Daniel DeBolt


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Posted by Goog411
a resident of Castro City
on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

At least you were not in Saudi at the time you were caught. You get to keep your hands. Genius- stealing from a company with a stock valued at $465/share. Have fun in jail.

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Posted by kanan krishnan
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 21, 2009 at 2:49 pm

he has to be an ivy league-r..working at google, making tons of money and trying to make extra money this way...he definitely is from an ivy-league school. this guy would make a good companion for Madoff.

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Posted by love it!
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 21, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Kanan,when you work at Google you don't make "tons of money". They pay you below market wages and hope that you are conent with the glory of working for "Google" and the free Aramark commercial grade food. But you are right, he is probably Ivy-League, Google doesn't hire anything but, they snub their noses at the non-ivy idiots and heaven forbid you don't have a college education cause you're equated to dirt. Guess Gates wouldn't have a chance with Google, not that he needs it!

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Posted by JP
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I believe the other commentators. I would read your comments on any story. I think you are both spot on. Few of the top elite and their friends and political advisers got rich on Google. Let us not forget the venture capitalist who became wealthier off of Google. And for what? I heard that the unemployment rate in E. Palo Alto is 20%. E Palo Alto is what? 4 miles from Google Corporate. Get used to it. The rich will continue to get richer, and the poor, poorer.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 23, 2009 at 4:55 am

All companies have problems like this, even the best ones like HP and Apple. It's because they have one commone weakness, they have to hire workers who are human beings with their many and sometimes unpredicatable flaws.

Posters here may have some emotional bias with GOOG and want to single them out here.

Overall my opinion is that GOOG has been bera, bera good to MTV. As Chico Escuela would say.

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Posted by Captain Mike
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2009 at 3:36 am

People tend to talk too much about what they know too little. Oh... wait is the right to freedom of speech, of course it is, but you also have the right to think wisely before writing things like these:

making tons of money

you don't have a college education cause you're equated to dirt

Really... what do you know about the company, inside not what it looks like from the outside, to give so much certain that you are not writing nonsense?

Relax, take your time to a) get informed, b) avoid believing everything you read (including these last lines of mine)

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Posted by Googler
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Captain Mike,

Your snarky post against the other posters here is laughable....did you bother to think wisely before making your post? I thought not with the grammatical errors.

You are correct that Googlers don't make a ton of money....unless they are top management or they were there from the beginning and were awarded stock options.

Regarding college education, you are incorrect. If you don't have a college education, you ARE equated to dirt and will not be considered for hiring, no matter how valuable your skills may be to the company. And it's not just the lack of college education that equates you to dirt, its not having a top tier college education with an excellent GPA. A college education at San Jose State with a 4.0 won't get you in nor will an MIT education with a 3.0.

Sounds like you don't know as much about that company as you thought!

Don't you just love freedom of speech??

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Posted by Anon....
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Woops!!! Bad move.

I knew this guy in his teens and early twenties....

FYI: He's not Ivy league, in fact, i don't think he has his degree.

He's just a smart guy who probably got bored and needed some cash to impress a girl.

Good luck. You're gonna need it.

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