SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Patricia Castaneda, 38, of Redwood City, was sentenced to 33 months in prison and her brother, Eric Castaneda, 37, also of Redwood City, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by the district judge American Kimberly J. Mueller for their role in a scheme involving the interstate theft and sale of Apple MacBooks, US Attorney Phillip A. Talbert has announced.

Additionally, Judge Mueller ordered Patricia Castaneda to pay $4,077,832 in restitution and ordered Eric Castaneda to pay $2,283,155 in restitution.

According to court documents, Castaneda worked at the School of Humanities at a private university in Stanford, California. In her position, Patricia Castaneda’s duties included ordering MacBooks for university faculty and staff. In 2009 or 2010, Patricia Castaneda started stealing MacBooks she had ordered and reselling them for cash. Initially, Patricia Castaneda sold the stolen MacBooks to someone she met on Craigslist. Around February 2016, Patricia Castaneda began giving the stolen MacBooks to Eric Castaneda to sell to an individual named Philip James who, in turn, resold and shipped Folsom’s MacBooks to buyers outside of California. .

In total, the cost to the university of the MacBooks stolen by Patricia Castaneda amounted to more than $4 million. This amount includes the cost to the university of about 800 stolen MacBooks that Eric Castaneda sold to James, or about $2.3 million.

This case was the product of an investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Thuesen prosecuted the case.

In a separate case, on April 11, 2022, James pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme.