A software engineer inspired by “office space” stole over 0,000

A software engineer inspired by “office space” stole over $300,000

A software engineer inspired by “office space” stole over 0,000

  • A Seattle software engineer is accused of stealing over $300,000 from his former employer.
  • Court documents show that Ermenildo Valdez Castro was inspired by the 1999 cult film “Office Space”.
  • He is charged with two counts of theft and one count of identity theft.

A software engineer inspired by the movie “Office Space” has been accused of stealing funds and goods worth more than $300,000 from his company, court documents show.

Ermenildo Valdez Castro, 28, of King County, Washington, faces two counts of theft and one count of identity theft, according to court documents accessed by an Insider.

Castro is a former software engineer at e-commerce site Zulily, based in Seattle, Washington. He joined the company in 2018 and was fired in June 2022.

Court documents stated that he was directly involved in writing the code for the customer’s checkout process. He allegedly created “three types of malicious code in the Zulily checkout process.”

He is accused of stealing $302,278 through code editing to redirect shipping charges to his personal Stripe account, stealing $261,885 in electronic payments and $40,842 worth of merchandise.

The company’s fraud team discovered that Castro changed the code around May last year. Bought 1,294 items worth $41,096 at a discounted price of $253.

A document called the “OfficeSpace Project” was found on Castro’s work laptop, according to a Seattle Police Department report that was attached to court papers. After being arrested on June 21, 2022, he told police that he “named his plan to steal Zulily after the movie.”

In Mike Judge’s 1999 dark comedy Office Space starring Jennifer Aniston, employees injected a computer virus into their company’s information system to steal money in retaliation for cost-cutting and mismanagement.

Castro admitted to placing orders delivered to his home. He said they were part of a testing process that Zulily was aware of, but claimed that “there was a script that was supposed to run shortly after that would basically cancel the order and ensure that orders would not be processed.”

The police report also stated that when Castro was asked why he had not returned the items, he said that after being released he said his opinion was to “fuck them”.

When Castro returned the work laptop, Zulily’s cybersecurity department found the “OfficeSpace Project” document that contained the coding he used in his scheme.

Castro is scheduled to appear at King County Superior Court in Seattle on January 26.

He and Zulily did not respond to Insider requests for comment.

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