Job ad scam artist pleads guilty

Frantzy Morisset pleaded guilty to identity theft and fraud for posting bogus ads for jobs at Microsoft.

It seems at least one Internet scam artist will be spending some time behind bars. Frantzy Morisset recently pleaded guilty to posting bogus Microsoft job ads. The poorly written ads, which ran on Monster and CareerBuilder, read "Microsoft Corporation is now seeking for [sic] bright jobseekers who think big and dream big to fill out many open positions."

The ad promised work-from-home positions that paid between $15 and $25 per hour. Of course, those who responded to the ad were asked for personal information such as their date of birth, Social Security number, and detailed banking information.

Morisset pleaded guilty last week to charges of identity theft, computer trespassing, and fraud and is now facing between 16 months and four years in prison.

His sentencing is set for May 21 in New York State Supreme Court.

By Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.