Domain name fraud at Microsoft

Proving that organisations need to be vigilant about all aspects of their finances, a story has emerged today of a former Microsoft employee associated with the company’s notorious December 1999 Hotmail outage has been charged with fraud. ComputerWorld and InfoWorld [IDG] both have stories on Carolyn Gudmundson who was indicted last “Thursday on charges that she raked in more than US$1 million during a four-year period by falsifying expense reports she filed for domain name registration charges.””Prosecutors also said Gudmundson had filed phony invoices with online travel site for domain names that she had not paid for, and convinced a California domain acquisition company, Marksman, Inc., that someone named G. M. Lossman was due money for the transfer of multiple domain names to Microsoft,” according to ComputerWorld.It is reported Gudmundson is facing up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for the crimes over a three year period commencing in 2000, although her punishment will undoubtedly be much less than this.To read the full story in ComputerWorld see and the full story in InfoWorld is available from

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