Ex-Garmin worker charged with $1M in GPS thefts

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A man who used to work for the Garmin company in Olathe, Kan., has been indicted on federal charges of stealing more than $1 million worth of GPS devices from the company, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Terrence M. Heathington, 31, currently of Atlanta, Ga., is charged with forty counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges that the crimes were committed between March and September 2008 while Heathington worked as a warehouse material handler for Garmin International, Inc., in Olathe. He caused boxes of GPS devices to be shipped via commercial carrier to his residence and the residences of co-conspirators. He and other conspirators sold the GPS devices on eBay and through other means. He stole approximately 165 cases of Garmin GPS devices with a wholesale value of more than $1 million.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

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