Cartridge thief jailed after $50 000 theft

Glenn Furnice spent six years selling consumables through eBay.

 Liverpool Echo reported on Furnice’s sentencing in Southport for his thefts from printing firm Mitchell & Wright, which were undertaken over six years and which earned him over £30,000 ($50,605/€36,897) through selling “surplus stock” of cartridges he had over-ordered.

Furnice was said to have been a “trusted employee” at the company, where he had worked since 1984, and seven years ago began to over-order Xerox cartridges, the surplus ones of which he would sell through an eBay account under the username ‘busybody’, only being caught when a colleague saw the eBay page left open on his work computer.

According to prosecutor Derek Jones, Furnice’s thefts were discovered in November 2013, when the colleague “entered a printing room where the defendant worked and noticed a computer open on an eBay page”, and “various Xerox cartridges were for sale”. This colleague “investigated the defendant over that weekend and went on eBay” to find ‘busybody’ had “been selling many Xerox items over several years”.

The colleague pretended to be “an interested buyer”, and found that messages from ‘busybody’ were signed off ‘Glenn’, as well as being sent “from the company’s computer while [Furnice] was at work”. After being dismissed from the company, Furnice was arrested, and “made frank admissions” of his guilt, including that he would “stash full ink cartridges with empty ones set for recycling and take them home”, before selling them on eBay for between £30 ($50.60/€36.89) and £300 ($506/€368).

Defending Furnice, James Burke stated that he “suffers from depression” and had fallen “into financial difficulties following the collapse of his first marriage”, being left in debt following a divorce “in respect of credit cards and a remortgage that had been kept secret from him”, leaving him with a total debt of £20,000 ($33,736/€24,598).

Judge Thomas Teague, QC, in sentencing Furnice to eight months in jail, stated that he had made the money by “exploiting his position”, adding that “this was a long course of offending where you exploited the position you held to order excess quantities of materials. I do accept you have genuine remorse for what you did and I say that because you never sought to hide what you did once it came to light”.


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