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[Kotaku] GameStop’s Former PR Chief Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Almost $2 Million

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Chris Olivera, formerly the vice president of corporate communications for GameStop, pleaded guilty on Thursday to an embezzlement scheme that netted him $1.9 million over the course of two years.

Olivera, according to his guilty plea, set up a fake PR agency (“Cloud Communications”) in Nevada, with a nonexistent person (“Jennifer Miller”) as its boss, and proceeded to bill GameStop for work never performed, from July 2009 to April 2011.

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Olivera faces up to 20 years in federal prison on a single count of mail fraud. He’s also looking at a $250,000 fine, presumably in addition to whatever money he has to pay back, if he can pay it back.

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Gamestop is still around? confused.gif
Could have sworn it died out with Funcoland.

Maybe that was just a wonderful dream...
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Hard to go out of business with pure profits like Gamestops.
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WHAT! He needs more punishment.
 
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wow mail fraud is 20 years? geez
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Not his fault gamestop was stupid enough to pay.
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Not his fault gamestop was stupid enough to pay.


Not sure if serious.
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Gamestop is still around? confused.gif
Could have sworn it died out with Funcoland.
Maybe that was just a wonderful dream...

Funcoland didn't die, they got bought by Gamestop.

How did it take them so long to realize they had paid $2 mil for nothing?!
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20 years for some BS
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I wonder how people this stupid get into such high places. Methinks he was receiving a pretty penny for his salary. Enough for any rational person say "Oh, hey, I ought to play by the rules and do everything I can to not screw this up!" He didn't seriously think he would get away with this, did he?

I mean, the guy was probably taking home more than 500K a year if the title implies what I think it implies. At 500k a year, I could live a very comfortable life with a wife and kids in a really nice house in a really nice part of the country. My kids wouldn't stress over paying for college, I wouldn't stress over every damn bill, etc. When someone poor steals, it's bad and terrible, but at least in someway understandable. Why throw it all away? I don't get it.
Edited by videoman5 - 11/4/12 at 1:43am
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