BOSTON, Jan. 27, 2016—A Weymouth man was arraigned today on charges he used his position as trusted employee to steal laptops from a Boston financial services company, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
DONALD UGGIANO (D.O.B. 7/5/62) was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court today on two counts of larceny over $250 and a single count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme. Clerk Magistrate Edward Curley released Uggiano on his own recognizance.
Assistant District Attorney George Barker of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit told the court that Uggiano had worked in the information technology department of John Hancock Financial Services from February 2013 until the company discovered the thefts in January 2015. During that time, Uggiano had key-card access to a storeroom where new Dell laptops were kept before they were distributed to employees for use.
On Jan. 20, 2015, it was discovered that six laptops were missing from the storeroom. The laptops had been placed there on Jan. 15, 2015, and company records indicate that Uggiano’s access badge was then used to gain access to the room on Jan. 16 and Jan. 19, when the office was closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Surveillance cameras on Jan. 16 captured Uggiano entering and exiting the room at various times – in one instance entering empty-handed and exiting with a laptop carrying case, in another entering and exiting with a carrying case, and in a third entering with a computer bag and exiting carrying the bag and two boxes identical to those used to ship the stolen laptops, prosecutors said. On Jan. 19, Uggiano was captured on camera entering the room wearing a backpack; the backpack appeared fuller in images captured as Uggiano exited the storeroom shortly thereafter, prosecutors alleged.
A subsequent review by the company revealed that 105 laptops – each purchased by the company since March 2014 at a cost of more than $1,000 each – were missing. None of the computers contained client or account information.
The company notified Boston Police of the theft and assisted in the investigation.
In interviews with a company investigator and later with Boston Police, Uggiano allegedly provided inconsistent explanations of why he had taken the computers and what he had done with them, prosecutors said. He allegedly made statements to police admitting to the theft of up to 38 of the missing laptops.
Uggiano returns to court March 8.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.