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Verizon Wireless Employee from Telford Gets 27 Months in Prison for Stealing 900 Phones


June 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

He's a former Verizon Wireless employee no one will hear from for a while.

James Hopkins, 35, was sentenced by a federal judge in New Jersey Tuesday to 27 months in prison for stealing more than 900 phones and selling them online.

Hopkins had already pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to mail fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Hopkins stole and sold more than 900 cell phones, handheld devices and accessories owned by Verizon Wireless, and sold them for more than $270,000, between February and November 2009, authorities said.

Hopkins worked as an account executive at Verizon's Trevose, Bucks County facility. 

According to prosecutors, Hopkins had the items shipped to a relative's home, concealed the orders by tampering with company records and then sold the items on eBay.