Four former eBay employees accused of sending live spiders, cockroaches, porn magazines and other items to terrorize a Massachusetts couple who criticized the e-commerce website have agreed to plead guilty, authorities said Wednesday.
The suspects are among seven former employees with the company’s executive leadership team who were arrested in June and charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with a witness.
They targeted the victims for writing negative pieces about eBay in an online newsletter, according to prosecutors.
The alleged harassment involved threatening messages, physical surveillance and unsolicited deliveries of multiple disturbing items, which also included a preserved fetal pig, a bloody pig Halloween mask, a funeral wreath and a book on surviving the death of a spouse, authorities said.
Three of them are still fighting the charges, but the others will appear in a virtual court hearing on Oct. 8 to plead guilty, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston said in a tweet.
The Boston Globe identified the four as California residents Brian Gilbert, 51, Stephanie Popp, 32, Stephanie Stockwell, 26, and Veronica Zea, 26.
One of the other defendants, New York City resident David Harville, once drove to the couple’s home in Natick, where he planned “to break into the victims’ garage and install a GPS tracking device on their car,” prosecutors wrote in a criminal complaint.
The victims spotted the man and told local police, leading to a federal probe.
Authorities said the suspects also lied about their involvement and destroyed evidence in obstruction of an investigation.