The last of four Microsoft employees caught in a scheme to steal and resell $7.1 million worth of company software was sentenced yesterday...

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The last of four Microsoft employees caught in a scheme to steal and resell $7.1 million worth of company software was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison.

Finn Contini, 37, of Redmond also faces three years of supervised release and must pay $7.1 million in restitution for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and four counts of money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle said Friday. Contini, a former group assistant, manipulated the company’s internal procurement system to order software that he resold personally for a profit.

As part of his plea agreement, Contini is forfeiting more than $1.7 million worth of assets, including cars, cash, silver, gold and real estate in Washington and Oregon.

After the forfeiture agreement, Contini apparently used a baseball bat to damage one of the properties, a condominium in Redmond, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

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Contini blamed the damage on a psychological disability and said that his food allergies and mental problems made jail untenable, the U.S. Attorney’s office said, but U.S. District Judge John Coughenour was not convinced.

Others recruited by Contini to the scheme were sentenced in August and September. Robert Howdeshell, 40, of Puyallup was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Alyson Clark, 38, of Normandy Park and Christine Hendrickson, 34, of Bothell each received five months in prison and five months of home confinement.

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