John Large, 49, of Hazlet, N.J., was sentenced today to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Toto in Middlesex County. He pleaded guilty on April 19, on the eve of trial, to a charge of second-degree theft by unlawful taking. Under the plea agreement, Large executed a consent order to pay full restitution of $628,491 for the stolen computer equipment. The theft charge was contained in a 2015 state grand jury indictment obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau as the result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Cyber Crimes Unit.
In pleading guilty, Large, who was employed as an electrical technician at the data security center, admitted that he stole expensive computer equipment from his employer and his employer’s clients. The equipment included numerous data transceivers and hard drives, which Large admitted that he sold to purchasers on eBay. The purchasers apparently did not suspect that the equipment was stolen, and they reported that they eradicated any data on the hard drives prior to using them.
The company that employed Large, which was not identified by name in the indictment, learned of the thefts in May 2014 after a large banking client reported that equipment had been removed from its secure storage area at the facility. Following an internal investigation, which uncovered numerous other thefts by Large from 2011 through 2014, the employer referred the case to the New Jersey State Police.
Deputy Attorneys General Denise Grugan and John Nicodemo prosecuted Large and handled the sentencing hearing for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Deputy Attorney General Michael A. Monahan, Bureau Chief.
Acting Attorney General Porrino commended the detectives of the New Jersey State Police Cyber Crimes Unit for their investigation.