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Software Engineer Arrested for Felony Theft Inspired by Cult Movie

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scene from the movie 'Office Space'

Characters take revenge on the office fax machine in a scene from "Office Space."

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A former software engineer with Zulily, Ernie Castro, has been charged with stealing more than $300,000 from the Seattle company in a scheme straight out of the film "Office Space."

Castro worked for a department that handled credit card processing. Charging documents say Castro inserted a line of code that resulted in a kickback of money from certain shipping fees on the Zulily website. The documents say Castro was inspired by the film.

The events won't have a Hollywood ending. "Unfortunately, in reality, you don't end up with Jennifer Aniston and a cult classic," said Casey McNerthney with the King County Prosecutor's Office. "What you end up with is two counts of felony theft and one count of felony ID theft."

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