Former school district SysAdmin pleads no contest to $300,000 theft case

A former SysAdmin at the Los Gatos Union School District in California this week pleaded no contest in a

grand theft case involving Cisco switches and routers, reports Mercury News. According to local police, Darcy Jacques LaForge sold the Cisco equipment - which was part of a larger haul of gear worth $300,000 that went missing two years ago - to a Cisco reseller. Police say LaForge received $55,000 from ApnaNetwork, which bought the equipment during the time that many Cisco gear disappeared from the school district.

Merc cites a police report that states that LaForge oversaw the district's VoIP upgrade and that during that process, the gear was removed and placed in LaForge's office at Fisher Middle School. The Merc writes that local police allege that LaForge sold the Cisco equipment instead of keeping them in storage because of his "longtime frustration" with the district's inventory process.

LaForge is currently a programmer/analyst with the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 25.

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