December 4, 2020

Sunnyvale man pleads guilty to filing false tax returns


SACRAMENTO – A 39-year-old Sunnyvale man is facing up to three years in prison for filing tax returns that did not reflect the cash he made selling laptops he stole from his employer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Cory Beck on Monday pleaded guilty to three counts of filing false tax returns, the office said in a news release.

The office said Beck worked in the information technology department of an “electric vehicle and clean energy company based in Palo Alto” and had access to its inventory of Apple MacBooks. Attorneys for Beck and the government declined to name the company, but the city is home to Tesla Inc.

Beck stole the laptops from October 2015 to March 2018 and sold them for more than $220,000, which went unreported on his tax returns for 2015, 2016 and 2017, the office said.

When he is sentenced on Jan. 4, Beck faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine for each of the three counts to which he pleaded guilty.

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Author: Jason Green