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Philadelphia man charged with stealing more than $500,000 in computers from employer

Richard D. Webb, Jr

Media, Pa – Today Delaware County District Katayoun Copeland announced the arrest of a Philadelphia IT man who stole computers valued at more than $500,000 from his employer, Thompson Reuters, and thereafter sold the computers on an internet platform.

Richard D. Webb, Jr., 54, of the 300 block of Kauffman Street in Philadelphia, was arrested on June 13, 2019, and charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and criminal use of a communication facility, all felonies of the second degree. Webb was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Deborah A. Krull who set bail at $200,000 cash. The preliminary hearing is listed for July 1, 2019.

The arrest comes at the conclusion of an investigation conducted by Detective Michele Deery of the District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Economic Crime Unit which began on May 30, 2019.

Richard D. Webb, Jr., was employed by Thompson Reuters, an electronic information and solutions company, in their Information Technology Department. On May 30, 2019, CID Detective Michele Deery and Sergeant Anthony Ruggieri met with the security supervisor for Thompson Reuters who reported that Richard Webb, Jr., of their IT Department, had ordered 614 computers that were delivered to their Media Office. An audit of the premises revealed that 537 of these computers were missing. Investigation revealed Webb had ordered these computers, claiming they were for his IT Department and arranged for them to be shipped to the Media Office location. Law enforcement discovered that upon delivery of the computers to the office, Webb would accept delivery of the same and take the computers to his home in Philadelphia, where he would sell the same. Webb sold at least some of the computers via an internet platform, Platzo.com, for $500 each. Each one of the computers is valued at between $800 to $1200, resulting in a total theft of over $500,000.

“The defendant lined his pockets with money at the expense of his trusting employer, stealing over $500,000 worth of computers,” said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. “Our Economic Crime Unit is dedicated to guarding against fraud and thoroughly investigating all matters of theft. I want to commend Detective Michele Deery for her exemplary work on this case and also to extend our thanks to the Media Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.”

The Delaware County District Attorney’s Economic Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division investigates Financial Crimes including Corporate Embezzlement, Identity Theft, Forgery, Bank Fraud, Contractor Fraud, Internet Fraud, and Insurance Fraud. For more information on the Economic Crime Unit, please visit www.delcoda.com.

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