Feds Seek Prison For Cop Who Aided EBay Stalking Scheme

By Brian Dowling (July 23, 2021, 1:07 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors on Thursday sought a 2½-year prison sentence for a retired California cop who they say "betrayed" his badge as an eBay security employee when he stalked and terrorized a Massachusetts couple over their blog's critical reporting.

Philip Cooke, a retired Santa Clara police captain who raked in a six-figure salary with eBay on top of his six-figure police pension, is due to be sentenced July 27 after admitting to participating in weeks of online and in-person harassment designed to have Ina Steiner and her husband, David Steiner, stop their reporting on the e-commerce giant.

Prosecutors say the seven-person eBay team's alleged...

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