Microsoft Manager facing charges. Feussner poisoned.

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A Microsoft manager accused of stealing $9 million in software to fuel a lavish lifestyle died from drinking antifreeze, according to the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

Daniel Feussner died Feb. 7 from ingesting ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. How it happened is unknown; there were no witnesses to his death.

Feussner was a German citizen, a computer whiz kid with a doctorate in mathematics and computer linguistics who lived in Sammamish. He worked on technology for Internet search engines and directed one of Microsoft's high-profile .NET projects.

Federal prosecutors said he ordered software for a project and then sold it on the street. The proceeds allegedly helped him pay for a small fleet of cars -- including a Ferrari 355 Berlinetta, a Jaguar Vanden Plas and a Humvee -- diamond rings and a 51-foot yacht dubbed the Brazilian Queen. Feussner exhibited many of his expensive possessions on his Web site, which has been taken down.

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News source: Seattle Pi

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