Former state employee pleads guilty to laptop thefts

ALBANY - A former State employee has pleaded guilty to stealing 45 new laptop computers destined for State agencies.

Investigators say Brian Baker, 46, while working at the State Office of Information Technology Services, stole $30,000 worth of laptops that were never used. Those laptops were then sold through an advertisement on Facebook back in 2015.

“This former public employee used his State government access to brazenly steal tens of thousands of dollars worth of taxpayers’ property over the course of a year,” said Inspector General Leahy Scott. “I will continue to diligently work to protect our government’s assets and pursue anyone who violates the public’s trust.”

Baker pleaded guilty to stealing 45 laptops in court on Wednesday.

Baker was the lead figure among four charged last November as part of the computer theft and resale ring. Cases against the other three remain pending, he is due back in Albany County Court on Oct. 12 for sentencing.

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