Two former EBay security executives pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges connected to a campaign of harassment against a pair of e-commerce bloggers.
James Baugh, EBay’s former senior director of safety and security, and David Harville, its former director of global resiliency, entered their innocent pleas by video call to a federal judge in Massachusetts.
Earlier this fall, five of their former junior colleagues pleaded guilty to various roles in the case. Prosecutors are expected to recommend prison sentences ranging from one to three years.
The charges against the two executives are far more serious. Three of the most serious charges — tampering with witnesses, destruction of evidence, and alteration and fabrication of records in a federal investigation — each carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Baugh currently faces nine charges while Harville faces seven.
An initial status conference in the case will be held in January.
The crimes (which we’ve covered extensively) involved a bizarre campaign of intimidation carried out this past spring against David and Ina Steiner, publishers of ECommerceBytes, a niche site that’s been critical of EBay and the way it treats sellers.