Veronica Zea, who went online to order live insects for delivery to the Natick home of a pair of online journalists eBay set out to destroy, and an eBay manager pleaded guilty today to their roles in a conspiracy that ultimately led to the indictments of several eBay employees and the firing of eBay's CEO, the US Attorney's office reports.
Zea pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses, as did Stephanie Popp, eBay’s former senior manager of global intelligence, the US Attorney's office says.
Prosecutors allege the two, along with five other eBay managers and employees, acted on a request from eBay Devin Wenig to terrorize the couple for writing stuff about his company that he didn't like.
The company fired Wenig in June, as the FBI was finishing up its investigation into the terrorism, which involved several of the eBay employees flying out to Boston to try to stalk the company, even as they were ordering fake bloody pig's face masks, live bugs and early morning pizzas to the couple's house and ordering pornography sent to their neighbors - with one of the couple's names on the envelopes.
Two of the seven pig-mask team are scheduled to plead guilty on Oct. 29, a third on Oct. 27. Wenig has not been charged.
Zea and Popp, both California residents, are now scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 25.