Volodymyr Kvashuk, a former Microsoft employee who had previously stolen $10 million worth of Microsoft’s electronic currency, was convicted of 18 felonies, including five counts of wire fraud, six counts of money laundering, two counts of identity theft, two false tax returns, one count of mail fraud, one count of device-access fraud, 1 count of access to a protected computer.
Volodymyr Kvashuk, a 25-year-old Ukrainian citizen who had helped test Microsoft’s online store, said: “I’m not sure.
He was arrested on July 16 and charged by prosecutors with stealing Microsoft’s electronic currency, such as gift cards that can be exchanged for Microsoft products, which the man then resold online and used to buy $160,000 worth of Tesla cars and $1.7 million worth of LakeView.
Prosecutors say the man stole for seven months, during which $2.8 million was transferred to his account, during which time Microsoft discovered the theft and fired him in June 2018.
During the trial, the former employee argued that he had not defrauded Microsoft and that he was working on special projects that benefited the company.
The court did not rule that he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.