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Ex-Microsoft manager charged in fraud

Associated Press / April 13, 2011

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SEATTLE — A former Microsoft manager was arrested yesterday after federal agents accused him of defrauding the company of $460,000 and spending it on audio equipment, a vacation to British Columbia, and bills.

Robert D. Curry faces three counts of wire fraud in US District Court, where he was making an initial appearance yesterday.

Curry was a business development director at Microsoft last year when he allegedly persuaded a vendor, Pentad Solutions, to begin sending checks to two other companies — one that Curry invested in, and another that he owned.

Pentad, which has not been accused of wrongdoing, supplies Microsoft with temporary workers.