School IT director charged with stealing, selling computers

Robert Legacy, charged by RI police

The school district of Cumberland County in Rhode Island as a big IT problem: Its IT director has been arrested and charged with stealing school computers and selling them back to school workers. Guess they thought they were getting a heck of a deal.

Local news reports say IT Director Robert Legacy and his son ran the scheme and are now facing felony charges of receiving stolen goods and larceny. On top of that, some 18 employees have come forward saying they bought computers - laptops and desktops - from the duo and many more might come forward in the future, observers said. There was no word of the data contained on those devices.

Legacy, who has been suspended from his job, ran systems at nine Cumberland schools and supported over 1,000 PCs and laptops. A two-week investigation was hampered by the School Department's poor record-keeping, according to Cumberland Police Chief John Desmarais.  The case is now with the state's attorney general's office and both men are out on parole.

Such thefts aren't unusual I suppose but few are usually lead by the man in charge.  For example, some recent case like the ex-IT consultant for Anheuser-Busch who got 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $377,000 in restitution for swiping nearly $400,000 worth of the beer giant's computer gear was a little guy in a big pond.  

Then there was the 19,709 pieces computer equipment stolen from the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, by a systems administrator who thought no one would notice.

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