(2 Counts) Felony Computer Tampering & (2 Counts) Felony Trafficking in Stolen Property ($20,400) Reduced to Probation with 30 Days in Jail – State v. Mr. M (DMC No. 13909) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2015-158379): Mr. M worked for the Life Lock company and was accused of taking approximately 10 laptop computers and selling them online on Craigslist. The ads on Craigslist claimed that these computers were “recycled”. An undercover Tempe police officer made an arrangement to meet with Mr. M and purchase a computer for $1,000. After that purchase was complete, officers then showed up to Mr. M’s house with a search warrant and confiscated other computers. He was ultimately charged with 2 counts of Computer Tampering and 2 counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property.
The reason for the charge of Computer Tampering was for the deletion of items that were on those laptops originally. Ultimately, we were able to show some mitigating factors on behalf of Mr. M. The state agreed to a plea which included Probation and 30 days of initial jail. Other jail was left hanging over his head, but that could be deferred upon successful completion of Probation. Mr. M successfully completed Probation, paid restitution and avoided a potential aggravated sentence of over 10 years in prison.