Update: both have pleaded guilty. Sentencing is on January 21 for the husband and former owner.
I am curious to see how Johnson rationalized the practice. In a nutshell, it appears he convinced management that selling old demo skis was not profitable. Then, fought measures to better track existing inventory while still taking old demos 'to the dumpster' - AKA selling Skico "garbage" on ebay.“I acquired some items without permission,” he said. “However, during sentencing I’m looking forward to explaining some of the circumstances surrounding that.”
After Seldin asked him if he knew his actions constituted theft, Johnson said, “Certainly not initially. But I made some poor choices and that is the case.”
Kaplan, in his letter, referenced those comments and said he felt it was necessary to clarify “the timeline of events, and dispel any notion that his ongoing actions were in any way condoned.”
He must have been a pretty charismatic guy to be able to keep accounting and management off his back for all those years.Got a lot of sympathy with the BTL comments that SkiCo had some significant failings to let it go on fo rso long without spotting it. It clearly wasn't old and used obsolete stuff going out the back door - he was specifically ordering so he could take 2 pairs a day. For starters are they so awash with cash that no-one spots him massively overordering on the demo fleet? Accounting basics - a bot could spot it.
Yeah he still ought to go down for at least a medium term. But SkiCo could do a bit more to help those employees he screwed over after all it was their lack of controls facilitated the crime.Well, no doubt management should have naught this earlier. Still, this was far from a harmless act. And while it is tragic that the kids will be affected by the punishment, there’s little doubt that punishment is warranted and required. Tomorrow is sentencing.
How is that at all related to credit card fraud and using a third party to get tbe cash?Management builds their culpability into the cost of doing business - one indirect point of the video I linked to.
I used to do some work with a pretty big chain of car/light commercial dealerships. CFO told me about an incident with one dealership. Some travellers (kinda like carnies in the US I guess but more culturally complex) had come in and bought a Transit for cash. A few weeks later they did the same. The particular salesman was delighted. They returned after another few weeks and said their business was expanding and they needed 3 more vans. Salesman was now going ecstatic about his commission. Of course because they were buying 3 they needed finance and they loaded up the spec- no problem thought the saleman, they'd shown they were good for money and he rushed through without the full credit checks. Next thing, first payment missed and when they attempted follow up the travellers had of course travelled off from their given address (probably changing numberplates in the process). GM at that dealership got immediately axed too and everyone in the country immediately given training on why you never skip the procedures.B) No dealership would let that happen more than once before figuring it out and taking care of the person responsible for the failure to collect fair value for the product... and if they stole it they'd be in jail before the car was repossessed. And, they certainly would go after the product, make the customer surrender it, and tell them to get their money back from the crook who stole it from the dealer they worked for.
Yes, a very reliable seller of stolen goods.One thing I will say as a professional reference is this.. The crook/seller seemed to be pretty reliable about delivering the goods they sold dirt cheap on eBay. Mine came pretty quickly and well packaged. It appears they weren't ripping off anyone where eBay or PayPal would get involved to resolve. Only people who weren't happy with them were the people they stole the gear from right? Granted, there's some bad karma associated with the skis now but that's about it.
Long history with tons of positive feedback ratings. Amazing it went on for so long. Most sketchy sellers with sketchy product hang in for a few weeks or months to build the game then fairly quickly continue taking orders and money but stop delivering product keeping ALL the money. Were they also making the company pay for the shipping and fulfillment?Yes, a very reliable seller of stolen goods.
Most sellers of thousands of stolen items aren’t quite so public. It’s amazing no serial numbers were compared by say Kästle or a curious Kästle rep.
I think he had the Aspen Co pay for the shipping boxes, not the shipping. That would reduce scrutiny, but still a lot of boxes to purchase.Were they also making the company pay for the shipping and fulfillment?
He was basically hiding in plain site.Long history with tons of positive feedback ratings. Amazing it went on for so long. Most sketchy sellers with sketchy product hang in for a few weeks or months to build the game then fairly quickly continue taking orders and money but stop delivering product keeping ALL the money. Were they also making the company pay for the shipping and fulfillment?