Former Garmin employee sentenced for stealing GPS devices

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Kansas City, Kan. -- A former Garmin employee has been sentenced for stealing from the Olathe-based company.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 32-year-old Terrence M. Heathington, formerly of Olathe and currently of Atlanta, Ga., was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months and federal prison and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution.

In his plea to one count of mail fraud, he admitted that from March to September 2008 when he worked in Garmin International, Inc.’s warehouse in Olathe as a material handler, he shipped a large quantity of Garmin GPS devices to his personal address and the address of high school friends living in Atlanta. He and his friends sold the devices on eBay and to other individuals.

The thefts were discovered after a person who bought one of the devices contacted the company. An audit showed the devices had been shipped to Heathington's home address and to addresses in Atlanta where he was originally from.

The case was investigated by the Overland Park Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service.

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