• GE thief handed sentence for fraud
     | May 06,2014

    RUTLAND — A former subcontractor for GE Aviation in Rutland was sentenced to five months of home confinement and ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution for a conviction of committing mail fraud by selling stolen parts.

    From 2009 until July 2013, John Quinn, 55, of Rutland, used his position as an account manager at the GE plant to steal tools — mostly high-speed carbide drill bits — that he sold on eBay for more than $108,000, according to federal court records.

    Quinn pleaded guilty to the federal charge in January and was sentenced Monday by Judge William Sessions, who also imposed two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service.

    Quinn had faced a potential federal guideline sentence of 15 to 21 months behind bars.

    In pre-sentencing memoranda filed by Quinn’s defense attorney and a federal prosecutor, both sides acknowledged he deserved a lower sentence because of his actions since his arrest, including a decision on his own initiative to mortgage his house to pay off $108,000 of the restitution he owes.

    Still, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples argued that the court should sentence Quinn to some jail time as a warning to others thinking of committing a similar crime.

    Quinn was arrested after GE officials began to suspect him of stealing. The company conducted what federal prosecutors described as sting operations involving three undercover purchases from him.

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