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December 15, 2010


Man pleads guilty to stealing website

In what is believed to be a first in the nation, a Union Township man pleaded guilty to stealing the website of Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen, who during his 9 year NBA career played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves. The defendant admitted to hacking into the site’s account files and stealing the web address. The defendant pleaded guilty to unlawful taking, theft by deception, and computer theft crimes, all in the second degree. The defendant faces ten years in jail, a $150,000 fine, and restitution.

Madsen had paid $111,211 for the site, not knowing it was stolen, after the defendant placed it for sale on eBay. Madsen only learned that it was stolen when he was sued in Federal Court in Newark. The investigation and arrest were conducted by the State Police Cyber Crimes Unit.

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