Former eBay Execs Plead Guilty To Bizarre Harassment Campaign Involving Spiders
Harville, eBay’s former director of global resiliency, is the last of seven eBay employees and executives to plead guilty to harassment. He pleaded guilty to five felony counts on Thursday. Harville and his co-conspirators targeted Ina and David Steiner, the couple behind the newsletter EcommerceBytes. The newsletter was critical of eBay and especially reproached the company for its lawsuit and general campaign against Amazon. Senior eBay executives asked Harville and other employees to “take her down.” The harassment campaign lasted from August 5, 2019 to August 23, 2020.
Harville and others first harassed the Steiner’s on Twitter and doxed their address. They then began to send the couple various horrible packages including a fetal pig, bloody pig face mask, cockroaches, live spiders, and a funeral wreath accompanied by a book about how to move on from the loss of a spouse.
The police began their investigation and soon were able to track Harville and Baugh to eBay. Furthermore, according to the United States Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts, “Baugh made false statements to police and internal investigators, deleted digital evidence related to the cyberstalking campaign and falsified records intended to throw the police off the trail.” Baugh also pleaded guilty at the end of April and currently awaits sentencing.
A report noted that former eBay employees and executives former eBay employees Philip Cooke, Brian Gilbert, Stephanie Popp, Veronica Zea and Stephanie Stockwell have all pleaded guilty as well. Cooke was sentenced to 18 months in prison this past July. The remainder await sentencing and will likely face similar consequences.
Image of San Jose, California eBay headquarters courtesy of eBay.