Man allegedly pawns office computers (gets caught)

We all need money. But one imperfect way to get money is to take your boss's technological property, get money for it, and then get caught.

A scene from the pawn shop's Yellow Book YouTube video. Yellowbook/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

There are all sorts of ways to get money.

Some are wise, some less so, while others are just asking for pain to knock upon your door.

Gary Lee Cochran stands accused of perhaps taking one risk too far. The 59-year-old is said to have obtained money without legal justification and, perhaps, sufficient aforethought.

For police in Charleston, W.Va., said he took gadgets from his place of work and into a pawn shop called Kanawha Valley Fine Jewelry and Loan. (Motto: "All Loans Confidential!")

You might imagine that the Kanawha County Schools, where Cochran worked, might have noticed that the computers had apparently been teleported from their place.

However, as the Charleston Daily Mail reports, Cochran's alleged scheme was successful for some time.

Perhaps, as the Child Nutrition Director, no one suspected him of feeding himself illicit gains.

The school reportedly asked for him to give the computers back. But it was only after he resigned that the beams of suspicion shined upon him.

The accusation is that when his desk was being cleared out, officials found the pawn tickets.

These allegedly revealed that an HP laptop had enjoyed a pawn benefit of $250, while a Samsung Galaxy Tab had fetched $257.93.

This discovery is all said to have happened in 2012.

However, in recent days, police finally caught up with Cochran and he was arrested.

Pete Thaw, Kanawha County school board president, admitted to the Charleston Daily Mail the school might have been more rigorous about getting the computers back quicker.

However, if you really want to make a few extra dollars from your company (not that I would recommend it), fiddling your expenses still seems like a more promising avenue than pawning the office computers.

 

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