Former Garmin employee indicted for $1 million theft of GPS devices

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal indictment was handed down against a man who used to work at the Garmin International  warehouse in Olathe, Kan. The indictment accuses Terrence M. Heathington, who currently resides in Atlanta, Ga., with 40 counts of mail fraud after he allegedly shipped Garmin GPS devices from the warehouse to his and other homes and then sold them on eBay.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas, the thefts occurred between March and September of 2008. Heathington used a commercial carrier to ship approximately 165 cases of Garmin GPS devices to his residence and the residences of his accomplices. The accomplices names were not listed. The reported wholesale value of the GPS devices is more than $1 million.

Heathington could spend up to 20 years in prison if convicted and each count carries a $250,000 fine. He will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley, no court dates were announced.

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