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iPods? I Gots What You Need

By Matt Wood in News on Oct 7, 2005 3:07PM

eBay iPodThree employees of Chicago-based high-end haberdasher (and owners of an especially lame website) Hartmarx have been charged with stealing $1.7 million from the company to buy electronic gadgets and sell them on eBay. Robert Alesia, Jeff Kaplan, and James Minch have all been charged with theft. None of the money has been recovered yet, but the men received good feedback on eBay (Great communication, speedy delivery, would do business with again A+++++ :).

Chicagoist admits to sneaking the occasional pad of Post-Its or handful of pens from the company stockroom, but we always felt really bad about it. These guys had some balls. They used company money to order iPods, PDAs, and digital cameras, then submitted phony invoices listing office supplies. The shopping spree took place over a five-month stretch last year. Spending almost $2 million in five months! That's a lot of iPods y'all: over 17,000 of the cheapest Shuffles or 4260 of the most expensive 60 GB models. Either those guys are the sneakiest, most conniving employees ever, or Hartmarx has the laziest accounts payable department in the world. Either way, Chicagoist is applying for a job there. We need some more paper for the printer.