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James Norwood was hired on at Old Mill Toyota in Omaha, Nebraska in 2000, eventually working his way up to parts and service director. At the same time, Norwood reportedly sold over $548,000 in goods as a hard-working eBay business owner, praised by customers for being dedicated and a fast shipper. Norwood sounds a lot like a man living the American dream, except prosecutors in Omaha allege that the entrepreneur has been stealing parts from his day job to sell on eBay.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Norwood has officially been charged with theft, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Old Mill Toyota became suspicious of Norwood's actions when a co-worker allegedly witnessed him creating fictitious parts tickets using other employees' names and then later canceling them so the body shops weren't charged. Prosecutors also claim that Norwood would help his co-workers unload the parts truck, creating a separate pile of items that were intended for auction.

Authorities later seized Norwood's home and work computers and discovered the former parts and service director's blossoming eBay business. Among the stolen items Norwood's allegedly sold online were 798 bed extenders, 375 skid plates and 363 roof racks; parts that fetched $226,000. While authorities say Norwood's eNay operation netted $548,000 in sales since 2000, it appears he is only being charged with the theft of $282,500 in merchandise reportedly stolen from Old Mill Toyota after he became the dealership's parts and service director. Hat tip to Bob M

[Source: Omaha.com | Image: Old Mill Toyota]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Employee theft is is a serious thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How were those buyers supposed to know that the goods were stolen? Am I supposed to ask a seller whether or not he stole his product before buying?
        • 5 Years Ago
        How did this guy get away with it for so long? Nobody missed almost $300K of parts?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "eNay"!

      Instead of "me too", it's "no way"?

      Best typo of the day :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. As a Parts Manager myself it's not shocking, it happens alot, but at this scale?

      Guy has to be an idiot to think the bean counters in the office wouldn't catch on to him after awhile.

      Hrm, we paid Toyota X amount for parts, but only inventoried Y amount, and sold Z. The accounting never lies.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Part of me has a feeling this guy may have had a hand in inventory counts. For 8 years he pulled this off and no one caught on. That or maybe the dealership never did any inventory counts for whateva reason who knows.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How could you not catch onto someone stealing this much parts?

      I guess this is sort of like the SEC that could not catch a man that had billions of dollars invested with him but never made a trade in his life.

      Unbelievable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if they've taken the award plaques down yet for being the #1 reseller of bed extenders/roof racks in the region?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aubs and Sam:
      I see the joke you're trying to make, but let's keep that kind of thing on the People's Cube.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's wrong with selling parts on ebay? OH I see... they were stolen. That's what the title should say.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I was pretty confused at first-I was like wow he's a great salesman for the dealership. But then I realized they meant stolen parts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was being sarcastic. Of course I know what it meant but the title is poorly written.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the word "accused" should have been a big clue. If it was legitimate sales it probably would have said "lauded".
      • 5 Years Ago
      He escaped notice for quite a long time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      never cheat on your time card kids. it might work for a while but it never works long-term.
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