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Ex-Microsoft Accountant Gets 2 Years Jail Term for $1 Million Theft

A former Microsoft employee has been given a two-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to theft of $1 Million from the Redmond based operating system giant.

Apart from the prison sentence, Randal Ray Seal, a former accountant at the software giant, has also been ordered by the court to pay back the $1.1 million he had stolen from the company.

According to Seattle PI, Randal Ray Seal initially stole money from Microsoft in order to expose flaws in the accounting system. However, when his bosses paid no heed to him, he stole money in order to teach them a lesson.

When he was fired from the job in 2004, he took the money, a whopping $1.1 million with him. Five years later, in 2009, he was caught and promptly plead guilty of the crimes he was accused off.

“I made the poor decision of revealing the defects by exploiting the flaws in the department’s system,” Seal said in a letter to the court.

“When I was terminated I had not thoroughly thought out how I would divulge my actions. In the end, instead of doing what was right and returning the money, I succumbed to my behaviour was totally inappropriate.” he added.

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