Ex-Symantec Marketing Director Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement


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Written by Natalie Mootz | Last Updated October 29th, 2019
Natalie has been writing for the web since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Or at least since dinosaurs achieved blogging technology. She's also written for About.com and Joystiq.


tech-news-alert-1It's a special person who thinks she's smart enough to steal from a software security company. Apparently, former Symantec Marketing Director Lena "Mickey" Jacobs Coombs thought she was in that category. Turns out, the FBI disagreed with her self-assessment. They were smarter.

Last week Coombs, 48, of Highland, Utah, pleaded guilty to charges that she had embezzled over $1 million from Symantec during her tenure as marketing director from 2010 to 2012. Symantec fired her and last June the FBI indicted her on 36 counts of fraud and money laundering. Coombs copped to one fraud charge at the U.S. District Court in San Jose, CA.

For two years Coombs had been using her company American Express card to, shall we say, go outside the firewall on her expense reports. On Symantec's dime, Coombs took vacations to Walt Disney World, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and even to the Super Bowl. Of course, the cash wasn't used solely for globe-trotting. Coombs had to bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, too, so she also used her stolen funds to pay for things like child care, home remodeling, and car payments. Her less-than-diabolical plan involved the creation of a fake company which she contracted to perform non-existent marketing activities. Unbeknownst to Symantec, the invoiced money went through the fake firm and straight into Coombs's pocket.

It's probably safe to say that Coombs won't be appearing on Jeopardy any time soon. It seems that her kind of "special" has nothing to do with smarts. That giant SYMANTEC sign she saw in the lobby on her first day of work should've given her, I don't know, a clue. Coombs will be sentenced April 1 by Judge Lucy Koh.

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