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Oregon Duo Charged With Selling Hot HP Gear On EBay

Two Oregon men have been charged with stealing $300,000 worth of electronic equipment from Hewlett-Packard while working for the company, then selling some of it online.
A pair of Oregon men have been charged with stealing $300,000 worth of electronic equipment from Hewlett-Packard while working in the company's Equipment Recovery Program, then selling some of it on the eBay online auction site.

Rodney Skinner, 39, and Andrew Van Hoosen, 41, have been indicted on first-degree aggravated theft, money laundering, conspiracy, and computer crime charges, the Corvallis police department said in a statement.

The duo sold as much as $100,000 of the equipment on eBay over a several-month period, prosecutors said. A search of their residences uncovered over $200,000 worth of other stolen HP property, the Benton County sheriff said.

Although the pair have been charged, neither is in jail, nor was either required to post bail. They're to be arraigned August 11.

HP's inkjet technology was developed at the Corvallis location, which currently boasts some 3,500 employees.