Crime and Punishment

Rest Assured: Dangerous Toner Thief Finally Convicted and Off the Streets

“Theft is theft."
Maybe the plot should have gone a little differently. (Photo: Tumblr)

Maybe the plot should have gone a little differently. (Photo: Tumblr)

Copy machines and office managers across the city can sleep in peace tonight: Today the district attorney’s office announced that 39-year-old Adrian Rodriguez has been convicted for his offenses against society, namely, his theft of $376,000 worth of copy machine toner from his employer. He plead guilty to the charge of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and will be sentenced May 21.

Mr. Rodriguez committed his crimes between 2010 and 2012, while working for the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. He ordered extra toner, then sold it for $10 a pop ($15 for color). This, the city wants you to understand, was a very serious sin: 

“Theft is theft, whether of cash or office supplies,” said District Attorney [Cyrus R. Vance, Jr]. “In this case, the defendant profited from stealing and reselling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of copy machine toner. Cases like this one, involving employee abuse, underscore the importance of reviewing company records in the effort to prevent employee theft.”

Just in time for 95 percent of offices to move operations into the cloud and abandon copy machines entirely.

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