David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that Gabrielle Quinones, 28, of Bridgeport, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing more than $370,000 in computer equipment and software from of Shelton.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Quinones was employed by Securitas Security Services as a private security guard. In 2009, while he was stationed at PerkinElmer’s office complex in Shelton, Quinones stole $379,065 in proprietary software, laptop and desktop computers, and related computer equipment from the company’s warehouse. Quinones listed the stolen merchandise for sale on the Internet auction site eBay and sold the items to purchasers in the United States, Canada and Europe.
On March 21, 2012, Quinones pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen merchandise.
Judge Arterton ordered Quinones to make restitution of $373,776 to PerkinElmer.
This investigation was conducted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes members of the United States Secret Service; the United States Postal Inspection Service; the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security; the Connecticut State Police; and the Glastonbury, Greenwich, Hartford, New Haven and Shelton Police Departments. PerkinElmer assisted the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hal Chen.