Ex-internet tech specialist gets 18 month sentence in fraud case

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK — A former internet technology specialist at the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health in North Little Rock was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison and was ordered to repay $562,501 he and another employee admitted earning through secret online sales of company-purchased tech products.
Chief U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. imposed the sentence on Daniel Thomas Burdick, 40, of Little Rock, who worked at the company from June 27, 2007, until he was fired on Nov. 5, 2017. He was the internet technology infrastructure and facilities specialist at the company, which monitors air quality during environmental cleanups and provides emergency responses in crises, among other things.
On Feb. 21, Burdick pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud conspiracy. He admitted that he and another man, both of whom were responsible for ordering new cellphones for employees and subcontractors, obtained new phones and tablets through a contract carrier and kept them for themselves.
Burdick and the other employee, Brian Terell Lamb of Little Rock, admitted that they then sold the equipment over the internet, taking in more than half a million dollars in profit all together between June 2013 and November 2017.
Both men were paid by customers through PayPal or Western …

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