Ex-Garmin worker admits theft of GPS devices

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A former warehouse worker at the Kansas headquarters of the Garmin International has pleaded guilty to stealing GPS devices that were later sold on eBay and elsewhere.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 31-year-old Terrence Heathington pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of mail fraud.

Heathington was indicted in August on 40 counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleged he caused about 165 cases of GPS devices worth more than $1 million to be shipped to his home and those of high school friends living in Atlanta, Ga.

Heathington worked from March to September 2008 at Garmin in Olathe (oh-LAY’-thuh), where he lived at the time. He later moved to Atlanta.

Prosecutors say Heathington faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing, which will be scheduled later.

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