By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man has pleaded guilty to stealing tools from an aviation company and reselling them over the Internet.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 55-year-old John Quinn of Rutland was a subcontractor for GE Aviation in Rutland, which makes components for jet engines on military and commercial aircraft.

Quinn, an account manager, was involved in the ordering, stocking and delivering of tools. Prosecutors say he stole tools from GE Aviation’s inventory and resold them. Most were high-speed carbide drill bits. Those who bought them deposited funds into Quinn’s personal PayPal account. Records show he received more than $108,000 from the sales between 2009 and last July.

GE conducted a sting operation where security personnel made three undercover purchases from Quinn, who sent the tools through the mail.

He awaits sentencing.



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