A former South Carolina IT executive has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing government network equipment.

Terry Shawn Petrill, 48, is a former chief information security officer who has worked at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for more than 12 years. However,media reported that he had been sentenced to two years in prison for ordering expensive internet equipment for the local government and then reselling it on eBay. Court documents show that the case involved 41 Cisco 3850 switches ordered between June 11, 2015 and August 23, 2018.

A former South Carolina IT executive has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing government network equipment.

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The switches are understood to have been installed on the Horry County network. But when the device arrived, Petrill told other IT employees that he would be responsible for installing the device.

A subsequent investigation found, however, that he did not add the assets to the local network, but instead made a profit by intercepting them and reselling them to third parties. Agents point out that the value of these devices is not low, with some Cisco-branded models costing more than $20,000.

It wasn’t until December 2018, a month after Petrill left the government, that the investigation found the end of the matter. Petrill is said to have auctioned nine of them through eBay and other channels, but it is not clear where the rest of the equipment will end up.

After the FBI stepped in, the former IT security director pleaded guilty to stealing 41 switches in November 2019, costing Holly Hollyoari County $345,266.

In addition to repaying the victim’s losses, Petrill was sentenced this week to 24 months in federal prison and ordered to undergo three years of behavioral supervision.

U.S. Attorney Peter McCoy Jr said it was “absolutely unacceptable” that the theft of assets from local governments harmed South Carolina taxpayers.

When the dust settles on the case, it means that the person who caused the theft will face criminal prosecution and compensation. Finally, thank the Horry County law enforcement agencies for their hard work with government officials, who have provided considerable assistance in this case.