Patricia Castaneda, who worked in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, was sentenced to prison for stealing Apple MacBooks that were meant for faculty and staff members.
Ordering the MacBooks was one of her duties in her position. And from 2010 to 2016 she sold the MacBooks to someone she met on Craigslist. In 2016 she began giving the stolen computers to her brother, Eric Castaneda, who found a new buyer for the stolen goods.
Castaneda stole over four million dollars’ worth of MacBooks from the school. Of that, her brother resold 2.3 million dollars’ worth. Neither of the siblings reported the income from the stolen goods on their tax returns.
Patricia Castaneda was sentenced to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,077,832. Eric Castaneda was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,283,155.