Microsoft company store employee caught stealing $10,000 worth of software

It's no secret that employees of a company get generous discounts towards software produced by their colleagues. Microsoft is no exception. Of course, software purchased from there must be used by employees and only their immediate family and friends. That restriction forbids people from selling discounted software at normal street (or slightly reduced) prices on say eBay. Of course, this doesn't apply to Microsoft-branded swag such as t-shirts and stationary that you can also pick up online.

So it's a bit of a head scratcher when an employee at Microsoft's company store managed to steal almost $10,000 worth of Microsoft software and sell 35 products via eBay before being caught. He also managed to leave behind a video trail that led detectives and Microsoft to their culprit. A braver act than those accused of leaking Windows 8 builds, one might say.

As SeattlePi reports, first-degree felony theft charges have been filed against 31-year-old Ulugbek Shodmonov of Redmond on April 26th. Shodmonov has not been jailed over this case. According to the report, Shodmonov spent most of his allowance on company store merchandise by August, although Redmond Police Detective Nathan Sanger told the court at Shodmonov's hearing that only one copy of Windows 7 Professional showed up on company purchase records.

So how did Shodmonov manage to obtain the 17 packages of Microsoft software and the 18 Xbox 360 games that he sold? Surveillance video caught the man going in and out of an employee area 22 times, taking software out of a locked room and placing the items in a laptop computer bag that was left in the store's gift shop room. Redmond police were alerted to the alleged thefts in December.

In addition to termination of employment, Shodmonov could be held responsible for the entire amount and additional fines or jail time. All that just to make a quick buck by selling software of questionable legality on sites such as eBay.

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Why is this story still news? I doubt anybody cares that another idiot with no conscience decided to steal goods.....Are we going to make it front page news when Joe Dirt decides to go and steal the last produced floppy disks from the manufacturer? Just because it is related to technology doesn't automatically qualify it as news. This isn't even remotely interesting or intriguing. Lots of garbage on the front page as of late.....

"He also managed to leave behind a video trail that led detectives and Microsoft to their culprit. A braver act than those accused of leaking Windows 8 builds, one might say."

...definitely not braver, just dumber

Id suggest for him to have a sign attatched to him saying "theif" and he has to walk around the mall for weeks or months...years!!!! Humiliation gotta do it, cuz im pretty sure this guy knows that stealing is bad - so whats the use of paying for his food and shelter and telling him that stealing is bad?

auziez said,
- so whats the use of paying for his food and shelter and telling him that stealing is bad?

+1 the irony of the justice system.

I have bought software at the Microsoft Company Store and there is a big old sticker on the box that says Not for Resale. They make nice gifts or giveaways though.

Really? MS sells several different pieces of software that cost more than that for a single license. I hardly think this would be news.

"Of course, software purchased from there must be used by employees only and no one else. "

That's not true. You can give software to friends and family ("limited gift giving"). You cannot, however, sell the software or take any compensation greater than the purchase price from the store.

owensd said,
"Of course, software purchased from there must be used by employees only and no one else. "

That's not true. You can give software to friends and family ("limited gift giving"). You cannot, however, sell the software or take any compensation greater than the purchase price from the store.

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I'm glad that he lost his job and he should be held responsible for what he did. also employers should know if this so if he wants a job then he will have to prove that he can be trusted.

soldier1st said,
I'm glad that he lost his job and he should be held responsible for what he did. also employers should know if this so if he wants a job then he will have to prove that he can be trusted.
screw that. why should anyone give him a chance to steal again

soldier1st said,
I'm glad that he lost his job and he should be held responsible for what he did. also employers should know if this so if he wants a job then he will have to prove that he can be trusted.

Yeah I've heard they are a great company to work for. What a fool to risk his future over a quick buck or two.

timster said,
screw that. why should anyone give him a chance to steal again

If he is not given a chance to work again then what will he do? he needs a job to pay for things. Everyone deserves a second chance but if you mess it up then you will pay dearly. in addition to having to pay back what he stole, he should have monitoring on him and his pc for at least 5 years or at the very least be banned from using computers for say 10 years.

soldier1st said,
in addition to having to pay back what he stole, he should have monitoring on him and his pc for at least 5 years or at the very least be banned from using computers for say 10 years.
Uh?? He stole physical merchandise and and you want to monitor his PC activities or ban him from using computers for 10 years?!? His crime was physical theft. The computer was an accessory at best. It's not like he's breaking into online banking systems and transferring millions of dollars or hacking into the D.O.D. Jail time and/or a fine makes sense. You wouldn't ban a car thief from playing xBox 360 for 10 years, right? No he goes to jail just like the other thieves. IMHO, the punishment doesn't fit the crime.

Ah, I miss the good old days when Egghead Software allowed you to checkout software for home and then bring them back in to shrink wrap them.....

briangw said,
Ah, I miss the good old days when Egghead Software allowed you to checkout software for home and then bring them back in to shrink wrap them.....

thats awsome!! i would definately shrink wrap something used and say it was new..... lol jk

auziez said,

thats awsome!! i would definately shrink wrap something used and say it was new..... lol jk

Hey, it started out as new!

You can bet this was his intention all along. Microsoft is opening a store, I will work there and steal stuff, how stupid.

You seen how much shipping is to the UK from the online store "Microsoft-branded swag such as t-shirts and stationary that you can also pick up online." Over £30!!!

It is amazing how people are given generous discounts and then abuse that privilege - I know if I worked for Microsoft I certainly would abuse such a privilege because the alternative is Microsoft choosing not to give discounts to employees.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
It is amazing how people are given generous discounts and then abuse that privilege - I know if I worked for Microsoft I certainly would abuse such a privilege because the alternative is Microsoft choosing not to give discounts to employees.
It's greed. Plain and simple.

flexkeyboard said,
big deal, imagine McDonald and all the cheese burgers

Oh why not, i'd be the one eating them 30 times a day if i didn't have to be so huge But no, i'm still the hulk, so until then, more subway.

flexkeyboard said,
big deal, imagine McDonald and all the cheese burgers

LOL
Back in the day @ hungry jacks(burger king)everytime the manager turned his back id be making food disappear..

flexkeyboard said,
big deal, imagine McDonald and all the cheese burgers

Imagine a world without McDonald's......

MrTwentyfour said,

Imagine a world without Facebook..all of a sudden.

Imagine a world without Micros.....wait never mind.

flexkeyboard said,
big deal, imagine McDonald and all the cheese burgers

You would get tired of it quick. I have seen Burger King Employees buying their lunches at other fast food restaurants such as KFC and the same for KFC employees.

MrTwentyfour said,

Oh why not, i'd be the one eating them 30 times a day if i didn't have to be so huge But no, i'm still the hulk, so until then, more subway.

Good choice, I work at Subway

Mr. Dee said,
You would get tired of it quick. I have seen Burger King Employees buying their lunches at other fast food restaurants such as KFC and the same for KFC employees.

Teeheehee, I'm a manager at Burger King and I buy my lunch from Subway lol.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Teeheehee, I'm a manager at Burger King and I buy my lunch from Subway lol.

Subway is a lot healthier than Barfer King