Roger Richardson works as an IT manager for a small accounting firm. The company has recently bought new computers for its nearly 40 employees and needs to dispose of the old computers because confidential financial information and employees’ personal information are stored on the hard drives. Since the company is small, Roger and one other IT staff member, Russell Bedford, typically handle all matters related to procurement, maintenance, and disposal of all company computer systems. Normally, he and Russell go out behind the building, physically destroy the computers’ hard drives, and then throw all the equipment into the dumpster for removal. Recently, Roger has been told by the company president that they need to be more environmentally responsible and that all electronics should instead be recycled. Russell offered to take the machines to the local recycling center for proper disposal, but Roger said he would handle it himself. However, instead of driving the computers to the recycling center, Roger took the computers home in his truck one night after work and stored them in his garage. Over the next several months, he replaced the hard drives of all the computers and sold them online and to other local small businesses for $250 each, earning him close to $10,000.
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