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Ex-EBay Security Manager Gets 1 1/2 Years for Cyberstalking

  • Philip Cooke took part in macabre plot to scare blogger
  • Cooke had spent 27 years with Santa Clara Police Department
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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The first of five former eBay Inc. employees who were convicted of running an elaborate cyberstalking conspiracy against a couple who put out an e-commerce newsletter was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison for his role in the plot.

Former senior global security manager Philip Cooke, who spent 27 years with the Santa Clara, California, police department before going to work for eBay, was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Boston. The U.S. had sought 2 1/2 years, while his lawyers asked the judge to order home confinement.