eBay's Former Global Security Team Gets Fed.
Prison For Harassing of Journalists
There's no parole in Federal prisons
Two Former eBay Employees Sentenced for Aggressive Cyberstalking Campaign
– Two former employees of eBay, Inc. were sentenced today for their roles in a
cyberstalking campaign targeting the editor and publisher of a newsletter
that eBay executives viewed as critical of the company.
Stephanie Popp, 34, of Louisville, Ky., eBay’s former Senior Manager of
Global Intelligence, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and two
years of probation. Stephanie Stockwell, 28, of Redwood City, Calif., the
former manager of eBay’s Global Intelligence Center, was sentenced to two years
of probation, with one year to be served in home confinement. Both sentences
were imposed by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young
On Sept. 29, 2022, co-conspirator James Baugh was sentenced to 57 months
in prison, two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a fine of
$40,000. Also on Sept. 29, 2022, co-conspirator David Harville was
sentenced to two years in prison, two years of supervised release and was
ordered to pay a fine of $20,000. Co-conspirators and former eBay employees
Philip Cooke, Brian Gilbert and Veronica Zea previously pleaded guilty for their
roles in the conspiracy to cyberstalk the victims. Cooke was sentenced in
July 2021 to 18 months in prison. Gilbert and Zea are awaiting sentencing.
Between approximately Aug. 5, 2019 and Sept. 6, 2019, Stockwell, Popp and their
co-conspirators at eBay agreed to engage in a harassment campaign targeting a
husband and wife in Natick, Mass. for their roles in publishing a newsletter
that reported on issues of interest to eBay sellers. Senior executives at eBay
were frustrated with the newsletter’s tone and content as well as the substance
of comments posted beneath the newsletter’s articles. The harassment campaign
arose from communications between those senior executives and Baugh, who was
eBay’s senior security employee.
In August 2019, the defendants and their co-conspirators executed a three-part
harassment campaign intended to intimidate the victims and to influence their
reporting about eBay. The campaign included sending anonymous and disturbing
deliveries to the victims’ home; sending private Twitter messages and public
tweets criticizing the newsletter’s content; threats to visit the victims in
Natick; and traveling to Natick to surveil the victims and installing a GPS
tracking device on their car.
Stockwell, at Baugh’s direction, purchased a laptop for use in harassing the
victims, and used an anonymous email account to order online live spiders and a
prepaid debit card to purchase a late-night pizza delivery to the victims’ home.
Other deliveries ordered to the victims’ home included a book on surviving the
death of a spouse, a bloody pig mask, a fetal pig and a funeral wreath.
Stockwell also prepared an eBay “Person of Interest” report for the Bay Area—a
fictitious list of potential suspects to provide to the Natick Police Department
to deflect the police from suspecting that eBay employees were actually
harassing the victims.
As part of the second phase of the campaign, Popp sent private Twitter messages
and public tweets, drafted or approved by Baugh, Gilbert, or Cooke, criticizing
the newsletter’s content. The threatening Twitter messages were written as if
they had been sent by eBay sellers who were unhappy with the victims’ coverage
in the newsletter. Some of these messages posted the victims’ home address and
threats to show up at their home. The harassment also featured Craigslist posts
inviting members of the public to experience sexual encounters at the victims’
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent
in Charge of the FBI Boston Division; and Natick Police Chief James G. Hicks
made the announcement today. eBay provided valuable assistance and cooperation
with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth B. Kosto, Deputy Chief of
Rollins’ Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit prosecuted the case.
Here's the Daily's full coverage on the case
from the beginning:
September 29, 2022:
Ex-eBay exec heading to prison for harassing couple behind
September 20, 2022:
At eBay, Lurid Crimes and the Search for Punishmenting Campaign
April 26, 2022:
Ex-eBay Sr. Director of Safety & Security Pleads Guilty to
Role in Cyberstalking Campaigny
July 22, 2021:
eBay's Top Execs Ordered 'Terrorism' Campaign, Couple Say
Nov. 4, 2020:
Two Ex-eBay Security Executives Indicted on More Charges
in Cyberstalking Scandal
Sept. 28, 2020:
'Inside eBay's Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a
July 8, 2020:
Seventh Former eBay Employee Charged in Aggressive
June 22, 2020:
● eBay's Former CEO Denies Any Link to Cyberstalking
● eBay's Two Efforts - Separate & Independent - Asset Protection & Global
eBay corporate statement provided to the Daily
June 18, 2020:
'Having a Prosperous LP Career Without Compromising
Ethical & Moral Standards'
- Op/Ed article by John Velke, SVP of Risk Management &
Loss Prevention, Total Wine & More
June 17, 2020:
EBay's Former PR Chief Is 'Executive 2' in Cyberstalking Indictment
June 16, 2020:
What They're All Saying - The Story Behind the Story - eBay's Former CEO
Directed His Rage?
June 15, 2020:
Former Senior Director of Safety & Security & Other Global
Security Team Members Arrested, Facing 5 Yrs Prison & 3 Yrs Supervised Release &
June 15, 2020 Special Report:
"Emotionally & Psychologically Terrorizing Middle-Aged Couple"