Ex-McAfee worker arrested for alleged theft

Prosecutors say companies owned by former marketing manager and her husband made more than $3.8 million off McAfee.

A former marketing manager at McAfee has been arrested on charges that she directed more than $3.8 million of McAfee business to companies that she and her husband own.

Susan Despinic, 35, and Aurawm Almaneih, 37, posted $1 million and $500,000 bail, respectively, and were released after their arrest Thursday on grand theft charges.

At least one of the companies that made money off McAfee was a "shell" company created for that sole purpose, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

The Los Gatos couple faces up to seven years in prison.

Despinic, who worked for McAfee between May 2005 and August 2007, is the latest employee at the security firm to be arrested on theft charges. Ayshah Maiorano was arrested on similar charges in December.

A McAfee representative said the company has taken major steps to improve security since thefts from its satellite office in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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