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Former tech executive takes plea deal in LEGO scam

Original post made on Aug 1, 2013

A former vice president of a Palo Alto software firm took a plea deal Monday, July 29, for one felony commercial burglary charge for pasting fraudulent barcodes on LEGO toys at local Target stores, Duffy Magilligan, Santa Clara County deputy district attorney, said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 1, 2013, 6:10 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by fed up
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:00 am

This is outrageous. Langenbach methodically stole (undepaid for) and resold merchandise for years. Just because he can afford a good lawyer should not keep him out of prison and prevent him from paying appropriate restitution.

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

Is he still a VP at SAP? Does the company have any comments about their employee's personal lives?

Posted by Colin
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

He obviously didn't need the money gained from selling the Lego sets. He just had a compulsion to steal and to game the system. I'm sure a shrink would have a lovely time figuring out (along with Langenbach) where the motivation came from.

Posted by anonymous
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 1, 2013 at 11:01 am

And to think, I pay full price and have an hourly paid position! Perhaps he should pay restitution by putting money into schools and homeless shelters for the 5 year sentence.

Posted by cid young
a resident of another community
on Aug 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

And, had he been African American, he would have served 5 years, instead of a slap on the knuckles.

Posted by Klepto
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

The guy must have had a bad childhood, or some other excuse that makes it not his fault

Posted by Dan
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

DDA Duffy Magilligan: your plea deal hardly inspires confidence in the calibration of our scales of justice.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Oddly I find myself in agreement with just about all the statements made until this point.

These cases where "pillars" or our society are caught in some criminal enterprise just for the fun of it have a real meaning, as well as a symbolic meaning.

In Sweden they make the punishment fit the crime as well as the stature of the individual. If someone driving a Ferrari and speeding is cited, they pay a fine proportional to their worth ... that is, they pay more than the average person, because to pay the same is negligible to them.

Here we seem to do the exact opposite, and the morally repugnant thing, that is not only to punish the weak and poor more, but they are damn lucky if they don't get beat up and tased at the same time.

I would not be averse to someone finding out where this person works or hangs our personally and emailing the company or institution expressing disgust and withholding any business and perhaps threatening a demonstration.

Somehow we the people have to incentivize our government towards the actual fair execution of justice and putting our legal system back on track. This decision should be a big fat red flag to all of us that not only is something wrong with our legal system, but that this particular case is the poster child.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Kind of odd that somehow Langenbach is all we get of this person's name?
What is his full name ... and how about a picture of him.
Maybe the rest of us would like to avoid being stung or ripped off by him as well.
Can we get a full name and picture of "Langenbach" ???

Oh, by the way, this person is no longer employed by SAP ... so, where is he now?

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Full name is Thomas Langenbach. The Mercury-News has his mug shot: Web Link
He looks like that creepy guy in the TV show LOST. Even though he was only charged with 4 crimes, the cops did find hundreds of LEGO sets in his $2 million dollar house.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Hey Resident ... LOL, you are right,
Thomas Langenbach looks like the character Benjamin Linus in LOST,
and he has the psychopathic personality to boot.
He'll certainly never get into heaven, or whatever that was at the end of the show.

Posted by Intersting
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I find this statement interesting, "At the time of his arrest, 193 items were for sale. Most were LEGO sets, according to court papers. But Langenbach was not charged for the sales of the items because investigators could not prove they were fraudulently purchased, Magilligan said."

I am curious if the "investigator" took the time to even conduct a search of his computer. Yes, time consuming but if he is printing labels in 2011 and "sold 2,100 items beginning April 17, 2011" it does not take that much for a jury to see that this was a criminal for a long time before this. "He sold about $30,000 in merchandise on the eBay;" therefore, if the investigator did not do the extra leg work I hope he had at least forwarded the case to the IRS to see if Mr Langenbach at least claimed taxes on his earnings. I bet not.

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Yeah, certainly a far cry from any police activity we see on TV shows, huh?

Posted by Eggo on Face-oh
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Leggo my Eggo!

Dude makes fat stacks, but has to steal for his jollies, gets caught.

Drag his name thru the mud enough for a penalty, then don't waste resources on him that the rest of the system needs. Take the plea. The freaks life is over as he knows it anyway.

Think the resume entry of SAP VP means jack right now? Imagine the next interview....

Posted by NycGuy
a resident of another community
on Aug 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

He paid with his credit card - brilliant.

Posted by headbussa
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:34 am

Ok what we do know is that this guy has some issues. BUT I think between all these terrorist attacks, murderers and rapes this is a refreshing story.

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