Shocking Revelations, eBay Executives Charged
Several eBay staff are facing cyber stalking charges after Company employees tried to take down critics of the online Company via intimidation and stalking over several months.
Executives of the business have been accused of sending ‘pigs foetus’ in the mail, attaching trackers to cars of critics, spray painting graffiti on homes in an effort to stop the reporting of questionable activities at the online trader.
It’s also been revealed that US Police have already gained a conviction against a former eBay security supervisor who was also a former police officer and is one of several staff who went out of their way to take down critics of the business.
Now a US couple is suing couple eBay, Inc. and several of the company’s former officials for harassment.
Ina and David Steiner of Natick, Massachusetts, told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” overnight that the intimidation began when someone spray-painted graffiti on their fence in 2019.
“It was really disturbing. It just didn’t make any sense,” Ina said.
The pair founded e-commerce newsletter site EcommerceBytes, and their coverage could often be critical of eBay and its policies.
The Steiner’s claim the intimidation orchestrated at the direction of eBay’s higher-ups continuously escalated in an attempt to stifle their reporting.
“I started getting harassed online through Twitter, through unwanted e-mail subscriptions … And, these were really disturbing e-mails,” Ina said.
“We got a phone call from a shop in Arizona that said that they couldn’t deliver the wet specimen that we had ordered. Not having any idea what a wet specimen was, I asked her. She said it was an embalmed pig foetus,” David added.
US Federal prosecutors have criminally charged six eBay employees and a contractor with cyberstalking.
eBay’s response was to claim in an official statement that the “misconduct” of the former employees was “wrong.”
The Steiner’s’ complaint states that as part of the “systematic campaign to emotionally and psychologically torture” them, employees of the nearly $47-billion-dollar company mailed threatening items to their home including insects, a mask that the Steiner’s’ attorney Rosemary Scapicchio identified as from the horror movie “Saw,” a book on surviving the loss of a spouse and a funeral wreath.
Neighbours of the Steiner’s even received pornography addressed to the couple, they have also been tailed in their car when they have left their home.
“Did it cross your mind at any point that eBay could be behind this?” asked ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis.
“No,” Ina replied. “It was a psychopath. Who could devise these torturous packages? And, the depravity, the messages – if you read the language … I never in a million years would have thought it was a company.”
“We still can’t believe it and we still want to know why,” she said.
“We will do what is fair and appropriate to try to address what the Steiner’s went through,” the company said in the statement.
“The events from 2019 should never have happened, and as eBay expressed to the Steiner’s, we are very sorry for what they endured.
As noted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office when this matter first came to light, eBay cooperated fully with the government’s investigation, noting that ‘eBay was extremely cooperative with the investigation in helping state and federal authorities figure out what had happened and collect evidence of the crime.’”
Phillip Cooke, a retired Santa Clara, California, police captain and former security supervisor at eBay, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars last month for what U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs called “really abominable” actions.
Cooke was one of numerous other former eBay employees that pleaded guilty in connection with the case.
Two maintain their innocence and are currently awaiting trial.