SACRAMENTO — A brother and sister pleaded responsible to federal fees Monday morning in reference to what prosecutors describe as a scheme to steal and re-sell tons of of laptop computer computer systems from Stanford College.
San Carlos resident Patricia Castaneda, 37, pleaded responsible to a cost of federal program theft whereas her brother, 36-year-old Eric Castaneda of Redwood Metropolis, pleaded responsible to conspiracy to move stolen property throughout state traces. Patricia Castaneda labored for Stanford’s faculty of humanities and used her place to steal roughly 800 MacBooks from the college, prosecutors say.
The Stanford Evaluate, the college’s student-run newspaper, reported final month that Patricia Castaneda managed the expertise funds for the division’s dean, and known as on college to officers to clarify how tons of of laptops may flip up lacking earlier than anybody seen.
Castaneda was charged with thefts totaling round $4 million, whereas $2.3 million in stolen items had been attributed to her brother. Authorities say the computer systems had been offered on Craigslist to an uncharged co-conspirator, a Folsom man, who resold them to folks dwelling in different states.
The siblings are scheduled to go earlier than U.S. District Decide Kimberly Mueller for sentencing. Patricia faces as much as 10 years whereas Eric faces a most of 5 years. They each could possibly be fined as much as $250,000.