Ex-Microsoft worker gets 2 years for $13 million scam

Former Microsoft Corp. employee Richard Gregg was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday for mail fraud after unlawfully selling more than $13 million worth of his former employer's software.

U.S. District Judge John Coughenour also ordered Gregg, 45, to pay more than $5 million in restitution to Microsoft for software he diverted, keeping the profits after selling it.

In a plea agreement, Gregg admitted that, while working at Microsoft as a project coordinator from May to December 2002, he took advantage of a software-ordering program set up for internal use by Microsoft employees.

He ordered and sold more than 4,400 pieces of software, with a value of more than $13 million.

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